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Montreal (Canada) was nominated World Book Capital City 2005



It is with great pleasure, but without surprise, that Denis Vaugeois, President of the Association nationale des éditeurs de livres (ANEL), welcomes today the choice made by UNESCO. “Montreal, as well as Quebec as a whole, really deserves this honour, which is a tribute of the quality of its editorial production and the dynamism of all those who are involved in the book industry.”

Meeting today in Paris, the members of a selection committee of the UNESCO chose Montreal, as the next world book capital. After Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003) and Antwerp (2004), it will be Montreal’s turn to become the centre of influence of books and literature on the international level for one year, as of April 23, 2005 (on the occasion of the World Book and Copyright Day).

Working under the aegis of UNESCO, this year’s selection committee of the world book capital was made up of Pere Vicens, representative of the International Publishers Association (IPA), Françoise Dubruille, representative of the International Booksellers’ Federation (IBF), Ross Shimmon, representative of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and Georges Poussin, delegate of the UNESCO. Under the chairmanship of Pere Vicens, President of the IPA, the selection committee decided to choose Montreal, in particular because of the excellence of the many activities submitted, which will involve all sectors of the book industry.

With the strong backing of its partners in the book industry in Montreal and Quebec, ANEL will ensure the coordination of the activities to be determined by the organizing committee of Montreal, World Book Capital 2005. Among the activities proposed to UNESCO, in addition to those that ordinarily take place each year in Montreal, many will be especially organized for the occasion. For example, the holding of an International Publishing Forum, the development of a literary tour of Montreal and on the St. Lawrence river, exhibitions, contests, activities for your people in bookstores and libraries of Montreal and all over Quebec, the creation of a bilingual web site for the promotion of the event and many other activities intended to promote books.
At the time when Quebec’s literary production is trying to shine on the international level, the honour that the city of Montreal receives today can only be beneficial for the development of our culture. The activities that will be organized in 2005 and the efforts made by the various stakeholders of the book industry will contribute to the promotion of the cultural diversity and follow in the footsteps of major events such as Printemps du Québec à Paris in 1999 and more recently, Quebec as a guest of honour at the 2003 Guadalajara International Book Fair.

For information:

Jean-Louis Fortin
Chief Executive Officer
Association nationale des éditeurs de livres
Telephone: (514) 273-8130, Extension 234
Outside Montreal : 1-866-900 ANEL (2635), Extension 234

Publication Date 17 Feb 2004