The MUWBR designed the coffee table book L’œil du Québec, published by Éditions Sylvain Harvey. This book combining breathtaking pictures, poetry by regional writers and photographers and original historical anecdotes is the testimony of a shared and growing awareness of the land’s uniqueness. Prefaced by biologist, oceanographer and humorist-storyteller Boucar Diouf, this book is “possibly the nicest that I have come to publish in a 25-year career,” stated Sylvain Harvey, a publisher specialized in fine books.
This book is a tribute to the wealth of a region recognized by UNESCO since 2007 as a biosphere reserve. It highlights the local resolve to innovate, showcase the exceptional character of the land and deploy a collective action that lives up to such uniqueness. In the spirit of instilling a sense of belonging and pride, particularly in youth, all Cégep de Baie-Comeau students were given a free copy of the book.
The 160-pages bilingual book features the writings of a dozen amateur and professional authors collected during a call for papers that was made possible through a partnership with the “Recréer la Côte” writing guild. The main contributing photographers include René Méthot, Étienne Lampron, Denis Harvey and Serge Jauvin.
To some extent, this project was a follow-up of the publishing of the Atlas of the MUWBR in 2009. With no copy of the Atlas left on the market, the MUWBR proceeded to update the Atlas into a reviewed and improved version: L’œil du Québec.
The book is on sale in bookstores across Quebec or directly at the MUWBR’s office. It is also available in a digital version.