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Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival cancels 2020 edition

The annual Montreal festival will be launching a book club for readers of all ages and will offer complimentary vouchers to be used at bookstores.
CBC Radio's Eleanor Wachtel on stage with Anita Desai at the 2017 edition of the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. (Michel Pinault)

Montreal's Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival has cancelled the 2020 edition amid growing concerns over COVID-19.

The festival was scheduled for May 1–6, 2020. 

The TD-Blue Metropolis Children's Festival, scheduled for April 25 to May 3, 2020, was also postponed.

In place of its regular events, Blue Metropolis will be launching a book club for readers of all ages and will offer complimentary vouchers to be used at bookstores.

The foundation will also share a series of creativity workshops for children between ages 6 and 11 and reading recommendations on its social media platforms. 

Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival is the latest literary festival to be cancelled in the wake of COVID-19. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and Hamilton's gritLIT festival both cancelled their 2020 editions. Brampton's Festival of Literary Diversity will be a virtual festival in 2020.

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