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News July 24, 2019

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:

At, Paul-Francois Sylvestre writes:

At Librairie Pantoute, Christian Vachon writes:

In Le Devoir, Sebastien Vincent writes:

At Radio-Canada, Isabelle Richer writes:

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.

July 24, 2019
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