In connection with the exhibition Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything, the MAC presents a conversation between Chantal Ringuet, Elisabeth Domergue and Sylvie Simmons, author of I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen (Ecco, 2012; published in French by Édito, 2017)The conversation will take place on Monday, November 6 at 3 p.m., and will be followed by a book signing at 4:30 p.m. (books will be available in both languages).

Tickets are free and will be available at the MAC ticket counter starting Tuesday, October 31.
Space is limited.
A certain number of tickets are reserved for MAC members.
Maximum four tickets per person.

Presented by CBC/Radio-CanadaLeonard Cohen : Une brèche en toute chose/A Crack in Everything is part of the official program for Montréal’s 375h anniversary celebrations.

The participation of Sylvie Simmons is made possible through the collaboration of Édito-Editions. 


Élisabeth Domergue taught graphic design at the post-secondary level until 2011, and has always been interested in and practised typography and calligraphy. Her works (the Légende des Signes series) have been shown in various venues, including the Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques in Nogent-sur-Marne. Since 2005, her graphic compositions have been inspired by Leonard Cohen’s songs and poetry. In 2014, her research on his writing led to her translating I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, by Sylvie Simmons, in collaboration with Françoise Vella. Elisabeth lives in Normandy with her husband and youngest daughter.

Chantal Ringuet is a Canadian award-winning author, scholar and translator. She is the author of collections of poems (2009 Jacques-Poirier literary award) and of works on Yiddish Montreal. With Gérard Rabinovitch, she has published Les révolutions de Leonard Cohen (PUQ, 2016), which received a 2017 Canadian Jewish Literary Award. With Pierre Anctil, she has published a translation of the early biography of Marc Chagall (Mon univers. Autobiographie, Fides, 2017). She has been a Fellow of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, Scholar-in-Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (Brandeis University) and Writer-in-Residence and literary translator in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Sylvie  Simmons is an award-winning author and music journalist. Born in London, England, she left for Los Angeles forty years ago to become one of the rare women included in the predominantly male rock-writing elite: the BBC made a documentary about her titled The Rock Chick. Simmons has published fiction and non-fiction books, including a short story collection, Too Weird for Ziggy, and biographies of Neil Young and Serge Gainsbourg. Her most recent is I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, the best-selling biography that Janet Maslin at the New York Times described as “smart, fearless and mesmerizing,” and Brian D. Johnson at Macleans called “the most discerning, intimate and definitive biography ever written about Canada’s pre-eminent singer, songwriter, poet and monk.” Based in San Francisco, Sylvie Simmons writes about music for MOJO magazine. She is currently collaborating on a book with Debbie Harry of Blondie and working on a new record.