Quebec City in five books
Discover the first French speaking UNESCO City of literature

This month, we’re celebrating the significance and vibrancy of the worldwide UNESCO City of Literature Network by bringing a fellow city into focus. We were thrilled to pair up with Québec City, the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec, which became a City of Literature in October 2017.

In order to get the best taste of Québec and its literary heritage, Quebec UNESCO City of Literature has provided a hand-pick of their top five books in which to discover their beautiful city.  In return, we have selected five world-famous writers who have called Norwich home.

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Québec City, with its beautiful landscapes and European feeling set in an American territory, has inspired lots of authors throughout time. Samuel de Champlain and other explorers wrote about it as early as the 16th century, in what is known as Écrits de la Nouvelle-France. The first French-Canadian novel, L’influence d’un livre by Philippe Aubert de Gaspé fils (1837) has also been published in the capital.

Today, Quebec City is the home of more than 200 writers who are active in a wide range of genres and styles, making of it the first French-speaking Cities of Literature.

Want to know more? Here are suggestions to discover Québec City by its literature and authors.

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<h3>‘The Song of Roland’ by Michel Rabagliati (translation Helge Dascher)</h3>
<p>This internationally acclaimed comic book features Paul, the ‘Tintin of Quebec’. In this beautiful story, recently adapted for the screen, the very popular character visits his father-in-law Roland, who is struggling with cancer in Quebec City.</p>
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