October 17, 2019
Montreal, Canada.- With a great reception among literature enthusiasts, concluded the “Dominican Book Exhibit in Canada: Literature, History and Film”, an event organized by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada and Concordia University, under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic and the collaboration of the Ministry of Tourism, DGCINE, FUNGLODE, INESDYC, the Permanent Commission of National Events, Hispanic Heritage Month Quebec and Air Transat.
From October 15 to 17, Montreal became the venue for the first Dominican Book Exhibit in Canada, which took place as part of the activities carried out to commemorate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations with that country, and on the occasion of the Hispanic Heritage Month in Quebec, whose Administrative Council elected the Dominican Republic as host country for 2019.
The activities were chaired by the Minister of Culture, Eduardo Selman, who during the opening ceremony thanked the authorities of Concordia University for their support in the coordination of the event and stressed the importance of promoting Dominican literature in that country.
For his part, the writer and Dominican Ambassador Pedro Vergés Ciman, also participated as one of the speakers of the seminars on Dominican literature that were held within the framework of the exhibition. The other speakers were the professors Catharina V. Vallejo, Lady Rojas, Brad Nelson, Horacio Jiménez and Magdalena Baeza of Concordia University, and José Ramón Jouve-Martín of McGill University.
The book exhibit also included the screening of the movie “Flor de Azúcar”, directed by Fernando Báez and based on Juan Bosch’s story "La Nochebuena de Encarnación Mendoza", in addition to an extensive sample of books written by Dominican authors. With this initiative, Minister Selman and Ambassador Vergés seek to promote and consolidate Dominican literature and values in Canadian society, while providing a propitious scenario to deepen the national culture in the Dominican community based in Montreal and support the Dominican students in that country.
Within the framework of the exhibition, Minister Selman and Ambassador Vergés delivered donations of books written by Dominican authors to the libraries of the prestigious Canadian universities Concordia and McGill. During the meeting, Dominican officials and academic authorities of both universities discussed future collaboration agreements with the Dominican Republic.
Also, during his visit to Montreal, Minister Selman was received at City Hall by the Vice President of the Executive Committee for Culture and Diversity, Mrs. Magda Popeanu, who invited him to sign the Golden Book of the City of Montreal.