From Kim McKenzie Galvez: On Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei

Sculptor Anish Kapoor has condemned China's "barbaric" detention of artist Ai Weiwei and has called on galleries to close for a day in protest. Ai - an outspoken critic of China's human rights record - has not been heard from since he was arrested in Beijing at the start of April. Kapoor has dedicated his monumental Leviathan art installation in Paris, unveiled on Tuesday, to Ai. Artists must speak with "a communal voice", he told BBC Radio 4's Today.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

This is what makes a culture, this kind of occasion, this play, this green sward, this shared delight, the company of all these friends and strangers. This is Shakespeare in the Park, thanks to Repercussion Theatre.

Julie Tamiko Manning as Titania and Alain Goulem as Bottom [Photo: Repercussion Theatre]


Nepveu, Mavrikakis, Leblanc: Quebec’s impressive fall literary season

While the Miron biography is a considerable assessment of the one of the great figures of nationalist Quebec, the publication this month of a new novel by Catherine Mavrikakis is an event, too, and one of the surest signs of vitality among a younger generation of Quebec writers.

And then there's Perrine Leblanc, aged 31.


Catherine Mavrikakis

For a Literary Salon

Contributing editor Marie-Andrée Lamontagne’s introductory text for the French online Salon .ll. argues that literature has never thrived as much as it does today, when it has all but disappeared from sight.

Translation by Jonathan Kaplansky.

Contributing editors Felicia Mihali, Marie-Andrée Lamontagne, and Annabelle Moreau planning the  
literary salon, October 2011.

          

        

         
Nelly Arcan's Humilation on Tout le monde en parle

Nelly Arcan, the talented and beautiful novelist who committed suicide in September 2009 (see my Globe Books post here) has published a posthumous story called Shame (La Honte) that is creating a stir.

Nelly Arcan on the cover of her second novel, Folle.

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