October 10 2019

Call for applications: Creative Writer's Residency at Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore




Press Release
For immediate release


Montreal, October 10,  2019 – The Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) is joining forces with the Association des libraires du Québec (ALQ) for the seventh year of its bookstore residency for professional writers. Taking place this year at the Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore from February to May 2020, the residency gives the selected author an opportunity to interact with the public, developing an artistic project with input from the residents of Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood while pursuing his or her own creative work.


Included in the residency is a cultural mediation project, which at the request of this year’s host Drawn & Quarterly will take the form of a comic strip. The goal of the residency is to highlight the role of booksellers as cultural transmitters, strategic players in conveying culture and earning recognition for new authors. Established in 2008, the Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore features graphic novels from around the world as well as prose fiction, poetry and much more. The bookstore also hosts many literary events. 


The residency and accompanying cultural mediation project come with a $7,000 grant from the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Through its support for a wide range of artists’ residencies, the Conseil is successfully putting artists in touch with the general public throughout the Island of Montreal. To qualify for the residency, applicants must be recognized professional authors, including cartoonists and comic strip artists, and must reside on the Island of Montreal. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2019. Details are available on the ALQ website www.alq.qc.ca



Source and information:
Katherine Fafard
Executive Director
Association des libraires du Québec
(514) 526-3349, Ext. 21