As part of its policy to promote the French language, public reading, and French-language literature, and more broadly to showcase southern cultures, the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) has announced that it is partnering with Salon international du livre de Québec in the city that will host the 12th Francophonie Summit in October 2008.
For the 2008 edition of Salon du livre marking Québec City’s 400th anniversary, OIF has joined with its partners (see press release) to help bring nine publishers and 28 French-language authors from Africa, the West Indies, Europe, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, and North America to the event.
From April 16–20, 2008, the guest authors will take part in a packed program of meetings and debates on and around the theme of “400 Years of Francophonie: America and World Accents” at the Québec City Convention Centre. There will also be a day devoted to the publishing industry on Friday, April 18. This event, opened by Frédéric Bouilleux, OIF Head of the French Language and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, and Gaston Bellemare, president of Association nationale des éditeurs de livres du Québec (ANEL), “will touch on the unique nature of copublishing and book markets in the French-speaking world.” (See page 2 of the press release for a list of the authors invited to Salon du livre de Québec.)
“Considering that the talents of francophone writers and the success of their works around the world reflect, through their diversity, the vibrancy and riches of the French language, OIF has made it a priority to promote them and the distribution of their works as part of its commitment to cultural diversity.”