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Take a literary walk in the old town
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Attend an exclusive presentation at the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec
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Savour Quebecois gastronomy at classic restaurants
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Visit with authors and artists at the Maison de la Littérature

Quiet Revolutions: Literature in Québec

Sep 26 - Oct 01, 2021

6 days | Canada | Literary Adventures

READINGS:
  • Michèle Lalonde’s “Speak White” and Marco Micone’s reply poem, “Speak What”
  • Excerpts from Le Cassé/Broke City
  • A Season in the Life of Emmanuel by Marie-Claire Blais
  • Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
What is Québécois literature? It’s a question with an ever-changing answer that stretches back nearly 500 years. Early travelogues, histories and verse were published in France for European readers; there was no printing press in Québec until it came under British control in the 1760s. From the conservative Ecole Patriotique, which rejected the ideas of post-revolutionary France; to the “quiet revolutionaries” of the 1960s and ’70s who pushed for a secular, independent Québec and challenged Anglophone influences; to an increasingly cosmopolitan group of writers urging for a more inclusive definition of Québécois identity, writers in Québec offer a rich portrait of the region and its people.

Our focus will be on modern and contemporary Québécois literature and the influence of the Quiet Revolution, with its educational reforms, creation of a Ministry of Cultural Affairs, and founding of the magazine Parti pris (“Position Taken”) and of francophone publishing houses. We’ll also read Marie-Claire Blais’s masterpiece of rural Québec and enjoy Québécois noir with a novel by crime writer Louise Penny.

Relax from the day’s activities in truly distinctive accommodation. Le Monastère des Augustines is a former monastery run by the Augustinian sisters, who arrived in New France in 1639 and founded the North American continent’s first hospital, or hôtel-dieu, on the St. Lawrence River. The cells and cloisters have been turned into bright, comfortable rooms and public spaces with a focus on relaxation and healing.

Québec City, UNESCO City of Literature, is a perfect place for a fall getaway. Explore a fascinating multicultural and multilingual literary heritage from one of North America’s most beautiful cities.
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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$2595 + 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 Melanie Blake

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Québec City
2The Old City and the Maison de la Littérature
3Morrin Centre Literary and Historical Society of Quebec
4Louise Penny’s Québec City
5A literary walk and the Plains of Abraham
6Depart Québec City
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Your Tour Leader

Melanie Blake is a writer and editor who developed a deep interest in fiction from Asia during a three-year stint in India. She has canoed, kayaked, sailed, trekked and cycled down or along rivers ranging from the Hudson to the Dordogne to the Indus.

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Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$2595 + 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 Melanie Blake

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