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MONTREAL, APRIL 11, 2016 – Students from LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent and Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount will face off in a head-to-head test of their literary knowledge, as the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) holds its first-ever “Battle of the Books” competition, which is set to take place on Monday, April 11 in the Laurence Patterson Room of the EMSB Administration Building, located at 6000 Fielding Avenue in NDG, starting at 7 p.m.

Organized by the EMSB’s Education and Technology Services (ETS), “Battle of the Books” will test the teams’ detailed knowledge of 10 pre- selected young adult books that the students have read prior to the competition.  The winning team will go on to represent the EMSB in the “Ultimate Battle” on Wednesday, April 20 in the Saputo Auditorium of Lower Canada College, and will compete for the city-wide title against the winning teams from the Lester B Pearson School Board (LBPSB) and the Quebec Association of Independent Day Schools.  

“Battle of the Books” is a fun and engaging way for students and their families to get excited about reading, while also building confidence and teamwork skills.  Held at the LBPSB since 2013, the Battle has steadily grown each year to include an increasing number of schools from across the city.  This will be the first year that the EMSB will hold its own elimination game at the Board level to determine a finalist for the Ultimate Battle.

The EMSB “Battle of the Books” on April 11 will also include appearances by a number of special guests such as Jason Grimmer, manager of Drawn & Quarterly; young adult author Eisha Marjara; Marc Tessier of Les Éditions TRIP; and Matthew Shapiro, EMSB teacher and guitarist in the popular band Young Galaxy.

ETS would like to thank CBC Canada Reads, Drawn & Quarterly, Livres Babar and Librairie Paragraphe for supporting this event. Admission is free to the competition, and is open to the public.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213