It takes place November 16 - 21 at Place Bonaventure.
This event started way back in 1950! And last year, over 100,000 book lovers attended to peruse the biggest pop-up "book store" in the city.
And it's not just a place to buy books, there are special events, animations, contests and prices, book readings, book giveaways, tons of freebies as well as many authors on site who will be on site signing copies of their books.
The exact list of events and guests will be announced on October 25th so we'll keep you posted as soon as we have more information.
Draft a text that complies with the general rules on the content of petitions
The chosen MNA then lets the Secretary General of the Assembly know that they plan on presenting this online petition, and the Secretary General later decides whether or not the e-petition is considered "in order and compliant."
If it gets deemed as such, then it gets put on the Assembly's website for a week to three months, where people can sign it by going to "Signing an E-Petition." Once the signing period has ended, the "MNA chosen to present the petition must do so at one of the first three Assembly sittings after the date on which the signing period ends."
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Club members meet every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss various Black and African authors that are often not taught in schools.
Black Girls Gather recently hosted its first public event, where a group of panellists got together to discuss African and Afro-descendant literature. The club plans on hosting more events for the public in the future.
You can read our interview with Black Girls Gather's Outreach and Event Coordinator, Joanna Kanga, below.
Answers have been edited and condensed for clarity.
How did the Black Girls Girls Gather book club come to be?
The idea for Black Girls Gather (A WIBCA Book Club) stems from the fabulous minds of our Co-Founders/Co-Coordinators Mariame Touré and Fabiola Ngamaleu Teumeni.
On their last night attending a social, economical and political forum at Bishop University in Sherbrooke, they wondered what they could do with all the information they had learned. Both being avid readers and having gone to a predominantly white high school where the selections of books written by BIPOC authors was non-existent, they decided it would be a great idea to start a book club.
This club centers on Black women and literary works by Black authors.
The team consist of Fabiola Ngamleu Teumeni and Mariame as our Co-Coordinators, Khadija Dia and Samantha Nyinawumuntu as our Assistant-Coordinators, Vanessa Manroop as our Treasurer, Amélia Souffrant as our Website Coordinator, Katya Stella Assoe as our Social Media Coordinator and myself as our Outreach and Event Coordinator.
The book club doesn't only include reading sessions where we discuss the books and make an association with our personal experiences — it also includes workshops.
The activities of the club consist of movie screenings, creative writing workshops, poetry workshops, visits from special guests (authors, podcast hosts) and art sessions all revolving around the books studied.
The purpose of this project would be to expose young girls to Black literature and engage in discussions around themes such as coming of age, racism, discrimination, identity, feminism, love, family, friendship, etc. all while building a network of support, mentorship and sisterhood for girls coming from the Black community in Montreal.
What do you think the importance of this club is?
Our program created a space like no other where young Black girls can gather and find comfort in discussing their shared experiences openly and honestly.
People often overlook the struggles and difficult realities that Black girls and women go through but our program puts the Black girl at the forefront not only in society but in the Black community.
We celebrate Black girls and women and highlight their accomplishments in so demonstrating that their realities cannot be erased.
We have seen an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem within our members. Some of them who struggle with insecurities regarding their hair are starting to overcome them.
A lot of the girls are proud to be able to speak openly about topics that they usually don't feel comfortable enough to talk about. They feel empowered that they are not alone and that they often, as a group, have shared experiences. They also enjoy the sense of sisterhood. [...]
For many of them, our meetings feel like the only place where they feel comfortable enough to speak openly without fear of being judged.
Our program empowers Black girls and women in every aspect not only regarding the love they should have for themselves and their bodies but for the space they should openly take in society.
We encourage our members in their dreams and aspirations and show them examples of Black women who are in diverse fields like politics, science, medicine, law entertainment, etc. We are changing the narrative of Black girls/women.
We are also implementing peace by denouncing verbal and physical violence done to Black girls/women not only in the larger society but in the Black community. We denounce these situations when we see them arise in books and when they are brought up by members from their own experience.
We show them that the Black girl's mind, body and spirit need to be protected.
Who are some of your favourite authors you've read at the club thus far?
We have read a range of different authors from a range of different literary works. Our favourite authors are the legendary, Toni Morrison, the illustrious Tiffany D. Jackson, the enchanting Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani.
And frankly, all the authors that took part in the writing of Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (a collection of essays by Black women writers) and Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America (a collection of short stories).
High school was definitely an interesting time for most of us to say the least. It was filled with cliques, the struggles of being a teenager and tons of drama. Some people floated through these years effortlessly but for most of us, high school was a pretty unpleasant time.
Most of couldn't wait to escape the tiny halls of our home town high schools and move onto bigger and better things. No matter how eager we were to leave high school behind it's sometimes nice to look back and feel that nostalgia kick in.
So, I decided to head over to Indigo yesterday and find all the books that I remember reading in high school. And I have to say guys, I felt a little sentimental for my high school years again! Hopefully you all feel the same way flipping through this list.
1984 // George Orwell
1984 was one of those classics that we all had to read in high school that probably changed a lot of our world views. It was a dystopian world that was set in a perpetual war zone with "Big Brother" watching everyone's every move.
This book really made us think about government surveillance in the real world and how Orwell's dystopian setting may not be that far off.
This classic novel tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, both migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression. Though it's criticized for it's vulgar and offensive language it's still taught in many high schools because it deals with themes such as dreams, loneliness, companionship and human interactions.
This book is the definition of a page-turner. I read this book in 9th grade English class and I remember how much I loved it. The book focuses on a group of boys that become stranded on an island and basically things go very far south from there.
This book forces you to face the most primal impulses of humanity when civilization and social organization is stripped away.
This novel is another page-turner that I absolutely loved. It follows the protagonist Holden Caulfield through his teenage rebellions and adventures. The novel focuses on Holden's struggles with feelings of isolation, loss and companionship.
The best part of this book was the language that Holden uses calling people "phony", saying he has to "shoot the bull" or "chew the fat" with people.
You can't get through high school without reading at least a little bit of Shakespeare. Hamlet was a classic because of the dramatic tragedy that the play faces. Prince Hamlet's is visited by his father's ghost, King Hamlet, who invokes him to get revenge of his uncle Claudius for his murder in order to seize the thrown.
The Great Gatsby is a classic novel that some people were required to read in high school but everyone should be required to read in life. It's a dramatic tale of the mysterious millionaire, Jay Gatsby and his obsession with the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.
This novel takes you through roaring parties from the 20s, explores the unrequited love story of Jay and Daisy, and ends in a dramatic death of Gatsby himself.
This award-winning novel was actually written by a Canadian author, Lawrence Hill. The heart-wrenching novel follows a young girl back in the 1700s who is kidnapped from her home in West Africa and forced into slavery.
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To Kill A Mockingbird // Harper Lee
This award-winning novel is one we all had to read at some point in our high school careers. To Kill A Mockingbird tackles serious issues of rape and racial inequality with a light-hearted rhetoric that makes a deep impact on anyone who reads it.
This a classic coming-of-age novel that Hinton actually published when she was only 18 years old! It follows the characters Ponyboy and Johnny after they accidentally commit a murder at the beginning of the novel and have to run from the police.
This influential novel follows the events leading up to the Russian Revolution and then after into the era of Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union. This book is very politically motivated even though it's told from the perspective of farm animals.
This book is Emily Bronte's only novel but is considered one of the most classic novels in English literature, and for good reason. It follows Heathcliff, the orphaned boy taken in by Mr. Earnshaw, Nelly Dean the servant to the Linton's, Catherine Earnshaw and the Linton family.
The character associations are complicated but once you catch on you won't be able to put this book down!
Another famous tragedy written by Shakespeare, Macbeth is a popular choice for high school curriculums to teach. It follows the story of Macbeth who receives a prophecy that he will one day become King of Scotland. From then on he is spurred by political ambitions to make this prophecy a reality.
Macbeth commits a murder to take the throne and is then wracked with guilt over his actions, forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself.
This technically isn't a novel it's actually short story but it still made a big impact on high school readers. It's the story of a traditional "lottery" that takes place in a small town where first a family is drawn from the box, then the household of that family is drawn, and finally one family member is chosen from that household. That one family member is then stoned to death by the entire town.
It's a terrifying story meant to represent a "scapegoat" who is blamed and punished for society's evils through this deathly ritual.
The award winning novel The Grapes Of Wrath is set back in the Great Depression and focuses on a poor family of farmers driven from their home due to a drought and economic hardship. They decide to head to California to search for jobs, dignity and a future.
This best-selling novel became incredibly popular as a story that follows the events after the fall of the Afghanistan monarchy. It tells the story of Amir and Hazara who spend their days kite fighting.
It tells a story of friendship, betrayal, guilt, redemption and much more that constantly keeps you on your toes as you read this gripping tale.