The festival started Thursday afternoon with a Broken Jaw reading: authors, translators, publisher. It happened in the still under-renovation theatre in the Charlotte Street Centre. Brief introductory remarks by Herménégilde Chiasson. Don't think there's ever been a reading with so many authors & translators of full-length Broken Jaw Press books. Has been a few anthology launches with more readers who'd all contributed a poem. This Side by Side reading was great. Below are a few of my photos.
Jonathan Kaplansky and Pauline Michel
Audience (L-R) Nela Rio, Antonio D'Alfonso, Serge Patrice Thibodeau, Jonathan Kaplasnsky, ?, Marylea MacDonald, Tony Steele.
Hugh Hazelton and Robert Dickson in conversation.
The official opening for Side by Side Festival Côte à Côte happened, as usual, at 8 am [12 noon in Paris] at Old Government House on the Woodstock Road, Fredericton. Fresh fruit salad and custard, croissants and mufins, juice, coffee and tea. Reading in the main hall/ballroom with us seated at round-8 tables. I recorded the reading for ellipse archives and for Ashes Paper & Beans broadcast. Started with an opening prayer and song in Wolastoqiyik and English by Gwen Bea. Continued with readings by Antonio D'Alfonso, Lynn Diamond and Jo-Anne Elder, Hélèn Rioux and Jonathan Kaplansky, Nela Rio and Hugh Hazelton, Serge Patrice Thibodeau and Jonathan Kaplansky, Lola Lemire Tostevin and Robert Dickson.
Jo-Anne Elder and Lynn Diamond at the podium.
loc: sunmorning desk
temp: 8 C
sound: The Beatles, Revolver