Photo credit Thessaloniki Book Fair.
Francophonie were the guest of honour at Greece’s Thessaloniki International Book Fair this past May. We wanted to publish Maxime Raymond Bock’s blog post in the original French text with the full English translation (translated by Melissa Bull) to follow it. If you’d also like to see the thoughts of all three authors who attended—Maxime Raymond Bock, Shari Lapena and Alissa York—then check out From Thessaloniki, With Love: Canadian Authors in Greece.
(L to R) Maxime Raymond Bock, Deputy Director Christine Saratsiotis, Alissa York and Shari Lapena
“From the taxi that brought me from the airport to Thessaloniki, I looked into the distance, in the heat, at dark, undulating mountains, at stocky houses under ochre sandstone shingles, wondering what surprises awaited me in a country of which I knew only a few philosophers, and the somewhat intricate families of its mythical gods. I looked for points of reference that might draw me closer to these unfamiliar parts, and I was excited to come speak about a literature that, I suspected, would be equally as unfamiliar.”
—Maxime Raymond Bock
This past May, our director, Geoffrey E. Taylor and deputy director, Christine Saratsiotis, took three Canadian authors to Thessaloniki, Greece for the Thessaloniki International Book Fair as part of our International Touring programme. Upon their return, we asked Maxime Raymond Bock, Alissa York and Shari Lapena about their most surprising travel experiences and general perceptions of Canadian literature in Greece.