Today marked the start of Montreal’s year as World Book Capital. The official ceremony at Place des Arts marked the inauguration of a year long celebration of the written word in Quebec. The event has previously been hosted by Madrid in 2001, Alexandria in 2002, New Delhi in 2003, and Antwerp in 2004. In 2006, it will be the turn of the city of Turin to be crowned World Book Capital, jointly with Rome.
This week also sees the opening to the public on April 30 of the new Biblioth?que Nationale (National Library) located at the corner of Berri and de Maisonneuve in down-town Montreal. This huge 6 storey building was built on time and within budget. Between 20,000 and 30,000 visitors are expected in the course of the opening weekend, which will give everyone an opportunity to make the rounds of the premises and discover the library?s resources.