At this event, you will have the chance to meet

Susan Doherty

SUSAN DOHERTY is a Montreal writer whose award-winning debut novel, A Secret Music, was published in 2015. She worked on staff for Maclean's, and freelanced for The International Herald Tribune, La Tribune de Genève, and The Independent in London, and for eighteen years ran her own advertising production company. She has served on the boards of the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Quebec Writers' Federation and Nazareth House, a home for those afflicted by addiction and homelessness. Since 2009, she has volunteered at the Douglas Institute, a psychiatric hospital, working with people living with severe mental illness. She is married to the educator Hal Hannaford, and has two children.

Photo: Kathy Slamen Photography

Terry Fallis

TERRY FALLIS grew up in Toronto and earned an engineering degree from McMaster University. Drawn to politics at an early age, he worked for cabinet ministers at Queen's Park and in Ottawa. His first novel, The Best Laid Plans, began as a podcast, then was self-published, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, was re-published by McClelland & Stewart to great reviews, was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC's Canada Reads as "the essential Canadian novel of the decade," and became a CBC Television series. His next two novels, The High Roadand Up and Down, were finalists for the Leacock Medal, and in 2015, he won the prize a second time, for his fourth book, No Relation. A skilled public speaker, Terry Fallis is also co-founder ofthe public relations agency Thornley Fallis. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons, and blogs at Follow @TerryFallis on Twitter.

Photo: Tim Fallis

Ami McKay

AMI McKAY is the author of three internationally bestselling novels, The Birth House, The Virgin Cure and The Witches of New York, as well as the recent yuletide novella, Half Spent Was the Night. Her latest book, Daughter of Family G, a memoir, had its beginnings in a radio documentary she wrote and produced about her decision to undergo genetic testing. The documentary won a Silver Medallion at the Atlantic Journalism Awards, was nominated for a Gabriel Award, and aired on both The Sunday Edition on CBC Radio and on National Public Radio in the U.S. Born and raised in Indiana, McKay now lives in Nova Scotia.

Photo: Ian McKay

Debra Arbec


Debra Arbec hosts CBC News Montreal at 6. The veteran reporter and anchor has been covering daily news in Montreal for more than 25 years. She started out her career in radio and made the switch to television news just in time for the 1998 Quebec ice storm. From the anchor desk and in the field, over the last couple of decades, Debra has covered many of the biggest news stories in the province. Throughout her career, she has received several RTDNA journalism awards for reporting and is a proud alumna of Concordia University's Journalism Department.

Photo: CBC Montreal News

Get your tickets today

► General Admission Ticket*

Regular: $115 - After September 3, price will be $125

► Reserved Seating Ticket

Minimum number of tickets: 2
Regular: $125 - After September 3, price will be $130

Until August 3, you can have your books shipped to you by paying an additional shipping fee of $10. Books will be mailed to you at the beginning of September.

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More info about the contest

Until April 30th, each ticket purchased for the Read for the Cure Montreal event will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a pair of tickets for Michelle Obama's conference on May 3rd in Montreal!!

*General contest rules and regulations:
  • To be entered into the draw, Read for the Cure Montreal tickets must be purchased before April 30, 2019 at midnight.
  • The contest applies to tickets purchased to the Read for the Cure Montreal event only.
  • The contest is open to all Canadian Residents, aged 18 years or older.
  • Once purchased, Read for the Cure tickets are non-refundable.
  • Employees and their parents, siblings and children of Penguin Random House of Canada and the Cancer Research Society, its agents, parent, affiliated or related companies, subsidiaries, divisions, prize sponsors, promotional and advertising agencies or of any other entity involved in the development, production, administration, or fulfillment of the applicable Contest (and any person domiciled with any such employee) are ineligible to enter.
  • The winner for the prize will be chosen by the Cancer Research Society representatives from all eligible entries received during the applicable contest period. The potential prize winner will be contacted using the information provided at the time of entry. If the potential prize winner cannot be reached, a new winner will be chosen and contacted as above.
  • For contests with online entries (including contest where entry occurs via social media), the odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received during the contest period.
  • The Cancer Research Society reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend a contest or to amend these general contest rules at any time and in any way, without prior notice, for any reason whatsoever.
  • If the identity of an entrant is in dispute, the authorized account holder of the email submitted at the time of entry (if provided) will be deemed to be the entrant. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the e-mail address in question (if provided).


More info about the tickets

How does it work? Two rates are available for the Read for the Cure tickets. A “Reserved Seating” rate, which guarantees priority seating at the event. We recommend purchasing “reserved seating” tickets to any group of four or more wishing to be seated together. The second rate is General Admission. By purchasing a General Admission ticket, your position in the room is not pre-established. Therefore, we suggest that you arrive early to choose your seat among those available.

What's included? Ticketholders receive three books by the featured authors, compliments of Penguin Random House Canada. They also get access to a nice cocktail with one complimentary drink included, exciting raffle and an auction table to have a chance to bid on one or more of our great prizes. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres are served and a cash bar service is available. A Q&A session and a book signing with the authors complete the event.

Useful info

  • St-James Theater: 265 St.-Jacques St., Montreal, QC H2Y 1M6
  • Underground parking with discount rate available at the event. 220 St.-Jacques St., Montreal, Qc H2Y 1L9. Park your car in the underground parking and ask for a discount coupon ($14 fixed price) at the registration when you arrive.


  • 6:30 p.m. Registration and cocktail in the vault room begins
  • 7:30 p.m. Author presentations begin in the Imperial Room
  • 9:30 p.m. Book signing

Thank you to our Read for the Cure Presenting Partners


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