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Fair cools 'thirst for French lit'

BY COLE RIVARD Twenty-thousand people can't be wrong.


Twenty-thousand people can't be wrong. That's how many people are expected to pass through the doors before the second Le Salon du Livre, a book fair showcasing the talents of French-speaking authors and artists, wraps up today (Sunday) at the Rainbow Centre.

"In comparison to the previous Salon du Livre festival (2004), this is twice the size," said Mireille Groleau, president of the Board of Directors for Le Salon du Livre. "The first event brought in approximately 15,000 people, and this year we are hoping to break the 20,000 barrier."

Le Salon du Livre hosts more than 250 publishing houses with literature from thousands of writers, novelists, and poets.

Greater Sudbury is the perfect location for this event and the overwhelming response doesn't surprise him, said Groleau.

One of the things that surprises him, however, is the lack of a French bookstore in Sudbury.

"There is a need, a hunger, a thirst for French literature in this city," he said.

The book fair has numerous events planned all day today until it closes around 4 pm.


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