The Vtabloid has learned that Belgian author Amelie Nothomb will be one of the headliners of the Quebec International Book Fair (SILQ), which will take place from April 5 to 9.
A prolific writer, Amelie Nothomb will be in Quebec City on April 7, 8 and 9 to participate in round tables, lectures and signing sessions. She will be presenting her latest novel, Riquet a la tuque, in 2016 , whose story is inspired by a tale by Charles Perrault. The organization of the SILQ refuses to say whether it will bear the title of honorary president.
This will be the second presence of Amélie Nothomb at the SILQ since she came there in the early 90s. Her last visit to Quebec dates back to 2010 at the Montreal Book Fair.
The full program of the 19th SILQ will be unveiled on March 14th. This year, the event received a $ 60,000 grant from the City of Quebec – an increase of $ 17,000 over last year – out of a budget estimated at $ 791,000.
In 2016, more than 66,000 people visited the SILQ at the Convention Center. Nineteen per cent of visitors came from outside the Quebec City area. The Franco-Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou had assumed the presidency of honor. More than 1300 authors, including Bernard Werber, Philippe Claudel, Jean Lemieux, Alain Deneault and Catherine Girard-Audet.