BPC Bulletin: New Book: Promenade en Enfer

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee

 

A new history of censorship has appeared: Pierrette Lafond’s Promenade en Enfer: Les livres à l'index de la bibliothèque historique du Séminaire de Québec.

It focuses on the 603 publications that Roman Catholic authorities stored in a room named Enfer(Hell) in the Seminary of Quebec. All appeared on the Church’s index of prohibited books.

Septentrion, the publisher, describes Promenade en Enfer:

https://www.septentrion.qc.ca/catalogue/promenade-en-enfer

At l-express.ca, Paul-Francois Sylvestre writes:
https://l-express.ca/quand-un-livre-a-lindex-menait-tout-droit-a-enfer/

At Librairie Pantoute, Christian Vachon writes:

http://librairiepantoute.com/dans-lantre-des-livres-sulfureux/

In Le Devoir, Sebastien Vincent writes:
https://www.ledevoir.com/lire/554020/promenade-en-enfer-de-l-horrible-danger-de-la-lecture

At Radio-Canada, Isabelle Richer writes:
https://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/le-15-18/segments/entrevue/115552/censure-index-bibliotheque-eglise-catholique

Thanks go to Charles Montpetit who forwarded the news.

 

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

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