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Quiet Revolutions: Literature in Québec

Jun 11-16, 2023

6 days | Canada | Literary Adventures

Ann and David recently hosted a webinar about "How Quebec Transformed in the 1960s". View it here! (48 min. + Q&A)

READINGS:

  • Michèle Lalonde’s “Speak White” and Marco Micone’s reply poem, “Speak What”
  • A Season in the Life of Emmanuel by Marie-Claire Blais
  • Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
What does it mean to be Quebecois? It’s a question with an ever-changing answer that stretches back nearly 500 years.

On this small-group tour we’ll explore ideas about Quebecois identity and culture through 20th-century literature, especially works related the Quiet Revolution, a series of events in the 1960s that remade a province dominated by the Catholic Church and reshaped Anglo-French relations. Guided tours with historian David Mendel will help you trace the path to revolution. Through discussions with local students and cultural figures, you’ll learn how writers and artists contributed to the Quiet Revolution and what younger Quebecois think about it now. You’ll come away with an appreciation for contemporary literature and a better understanding of how the decade’s sweeping educational, political and social reforms made today’s Quebec.

All this while enjoying one of North America’s most beautiful cities. June offers warm weather and long days, with plenty of time to enjoy the city’s charming historic streets, outdoor dining scene, and gorgeous views over the St. Lawrence river.

You’ll unwind from the day’s activities in distinctive accommodation. Le Monastère des Augustines is a former monastery run by the Augustinian sisters, who arrived in 1639. The cells and cloisters have been turned into bright, comfortable rooms and public spaces with a focus on relaxation and healing.

Join us to explore the fascinating multicultural and multilingual literary heritage of Quebec City, UNESCO City of Literature.
Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$3295 + 15% HST
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy; most meals; experienced local English-speaking guides for sightseeing; all entrance fees, all gratuities; discussion sessions with Ann Kirkland.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Québec City
2Upper Town, “A Season in the Life of Emmanuel”
3Maison de la Littérature, National Assembly, Musée des Beaux-Arts
4Lower Town
5Discussion with local students
6Depart Québec City
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Your Tour Leaders

Ann Kirkland founded Classical Pursuits in 1999 and directed the company until 2021. She has been leading trips for Classical Pursuits and Worldwide Quest for more than 20 years. Ann loves walking, reading and good conversation. She is curious about the unique gifts of each culture, including the stresses and the synergy that can occur when they bump up against one another.

Historian David Mendel is a renowned speaker and expert guide who has given tours for many visiting dignitaries, including heads of state and royalty. The author of best-selling guidebooks, he was honoured as Tourism Personality of the Year, in 2014, and awarded the Medal of the Quebec Historical Society, in 2015. He is a longtime resident of Quebec City and loves sharing his knowledge and passion for his home.

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Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$3295 + 15% HST
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy; most meals; experienced local English-speaking guides for sightseeing; all entrance fees, all gratuities; discussion sessions with Ann Kirkland.

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