Literacy Unlimited invites you to virtually spend an evening with a Canadian novelist while raising funds to support free adult literacy tutoring in the West Island! Gail Bowen, Catherine McKenzie, and Terry Fallis will be guest authors featured in 3 upcoming Under the Cover fundraising events. Under the Cover is a conversation with a Canadian author about books, the writing process, and topics of interest to the audience.


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“We originally started Under the Cover as an in-person event in 2019, but we had to cancel it along with all of our in-person fundraising in 2020 due to COVID-19. We’re excited to be able to offer this event online in 2021, and to have the support of such amazing authors and moderators,” said Literacy Unlimited Executive Director Lucy Baum.


At each Under the Cover Zoom event, a moderator will interview an author for the first part of the evening. At the end of the evening, there will be time for questions to be answered. Three online Under the Cover Events are scheduled for 2021:


Feb. 10 – Gail Bowen, award-winning author of the Joanne Kilbourn mystery series

Moderator: Kristy Snell, senior journalist at CBC Montreal


Mar. 24 – Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of ten novels including You Can’t Catch Me

Moderator: Trudie Mason, editor, journalist, newscaster, and CJAD radio host


Apr. 14 – Terry Fallis, award-winning author of seven national bestsellers including Albatross

Moderator: Jamie Orchard, award-winning journalist; former senior anchor at Global Montreal


By attending an Under the Cover event, reading enthusiasts will have the opportunity to get to know a Canadian author while raising funds to help adults in the community who need assistance with literacy skills.


Baum explained, “Upheaval from the pandemic has been extremely difficult for people in our community who lack access to technology, struggle to fill in government forms to qualify for aid, or need to learn a new skillset to find employment. When the schools closed last spring and our office wasn’t accessible, many of our devoted tutors were able to drop off learning materials curbside and continue working with their learners. We’ve implemented new online tutor training and tutoring options to continue to safely serve the community.”


Event details:

  • All proceeds will benefit the non-profit Literacy Unlimited.
  • Tickets are $25 for each event. For a limited time, a package of tickets for all 3 events is available for $60.
  • Donation receipts for the entire amount will be provided.
  • All presentations will be from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Events are in English and will take place on Zoom.
  • Tickets may be purchased in advance at

The Pointe-Claire independent bookstore Librarie Clio will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of select books by the featured Under the Cover authors to Literacy Unlimited for a limited time. Shop online at


About Literacy Unlimited

Literacy Unlimited is a community organization dedicated to changing lives through improved adult literacy. Founded in 1981 with one tutor and one learner, Literacy Unlimited now offers literacy and computer programs to up to 40 tutor-learner teams annually, and offers classroom and study support skills to the Adult Education Centres of the Lester B. Pearson School Board. Literacy Unlimited can be reached at 514-694-0007 or online at


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