Neko Case, Librairie Champlain - Mostly, it is...
Apr. 21st, 2009
02:01 am - Neko Case, Librairie Champlain
Thanks to sunhawk's having a spare ticket, I was able to go to Neko Case's sold out Saturday performance at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church. Seeing her perform live, the image of her standing on a car holding an upraised sword makes vivid sense.
I'm saddened by the news that Librairie Champlain will be closing at the end of the month. It is the only place in the city of its kind that I know of. Other stores sell french language books, but they'd have so few that they'd be all in one section rather than by genre. At Champlain, they carry a full range of books, from beginner books for toddlers, children's books and YA, to general fiction, art criticism, history, classics, reference and more. In addition to books, you can find music, puzzles, even games. The staff is fully bi-lingual, friendly and knowledgeable.
In the country's largest city, where we have stores for Greek works, Tibetan works, Polish works, I think I even remember one for Romanian works, it is a great pity that we cannot sustain even one to represent our second official language. My understanding is that since the 1970's, Canada's francophone communities and families, historically more distributed and stronger in Central Canada and Eastern Canada than at present, have been under greater pressure to move to Quebec, or let go of the language. C'est dommage.