Official Messages


Official Message from the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

Named in honour of Northrop Frye, literary critic and champion of Canadian literature, the Frye Festival attracts readers of all ages to Moncton to meet award-winning writers and take part in enriching encounters.


This year, as Canada celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, this literary gathering turns 20 years old. As the only international literary festival in Canada that presents its programming in a completely bilingual format, the Frye Festival helps shine a light on one of our country’s greatest treasures: our linguistic duality. Events like author readings and meetings, round-table discussions, writing workshops and school visits provide opportunities to nurture special connections between writers and their readers. By bringing together renowned authors and rising talents from all over the world, the festival encourages literary creation, promotes a love of reading, and contributes to the vitality of Canada’s publishing industry.


As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, I would like to thank all the organizers, writers and volunteers who have worked hard to make this year’s Frye Festival a success. Best wishes for the festival’s 20th anniversary, and happy reading!



The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez


Official Message from the Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

of New Brunswick

As minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all authors and participants of the 20th Frye Festival.


Over the years, this bilingual international literary festival has grown and flourished to become one of Canada’s most renowned literary events, and is a source of pride for Monctonians and all New Brunswickers. Our government is very pleased to support this annual celebration of reading and writing that also commemorates the life and cultural legacy of Northrop Frye.


On this 20th anniversary, I would like to congratulate the organizers and volunteers for their passion and tireless commitment to highlighting the work of authors from here and afar and for ensuring that our communities have the opportunity to hear, read and enjoy a vast array of literary genres from every corner of the globe. This year, this incredible team is offering again another exceptional line up of authors and events that will please bibliophiles of all ages.  


Happy 20th anniversary and best wishes for another successful festival!


Robert Gauvin

Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture


Official Message from the Moncton City Council

On behalf of the City of Moncton, we wish a warm welcome to the authors and festival-goers attending the 20th annual Frye Festival.

As one of Moncton’s signature events, the Frye Festival has been feeding imaginations and creating opportunities for Monctonians to
meet the best local, Canadian, and international authors for two decades.

We are proud to host this celebrated bilingual book festival and Atlantic Canada’s largest literary happening. Events like the Frye Festival make our city a wonderful place to live, work, and play.

Congratulations to the Festival team and to the dedicated volunteers for their tireless work, and thank you to the partners who have contributed to making this edition another successful event! Here’s to your next 20 years being just as impactful and inspiring, and to your continued contribution towards fostering a culture of reading and writing.

Have a great festival!


Official Message from the Frye Festival Chair, Suzanne Cyr

While each edition of the Frye Festival is a celebration, this year is particularly exciting and special as it marks the 20th anniversary of one
of the most anticipated events on the cultural calendar, locally and beyond our borders.

The Festival is a celebration of diversity and of the power of imagination. Its mission remains as relevant as ever, helping to break down barriers in our bilingual community and encouraging us to imagine a better world.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I extend a heartfelt thank-you to all those who’ve contributed to the Frye Festival’s success over the past 20 years. Thanks to your passion, dedication, and generosity, the Festival looks to the future with great optimism. At 20, all dreams are possible after all...

Wishing you a Festival filled with bookish discoveries!

Suzanne Cyr


Word from the Frye Festival Executive Director

Originally from Quebec, I am a poet and a vetaran of the cultural sector. Recently, I have moved to the city of Moncton, which has welcomed me with open arms.

For the last several years, I have been working towards the democratization of knowledge and culture through reading and writing. Beyond the fulfillment of that mission, the Frye Festival also builds bridges between Francophones and Anglophones, the young and the old, neophytesand literature buffs.

It is with great pride that I take over the work of all those who have contributed to the success of this festival since it was founded in 1999. I hope the 20th edition will shine and honour their great accomplishments, and that it will mark a new chapter we get to write together.

I am looking forward to meeting you!

Émilie Turmel