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I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen

Conversation between Sylvie Simmons and Eleanor Wachtel

In connection with the exhibition Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything, the MAC presents a conversation between Sylvie Simmons, author of I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen (Ecco, 2012; published in French by Édito, 2017) and Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company. The conversation will take place on Monday, November 6 at 1 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-Canada, Leonard 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. 


In her twenty-seven years as host of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company, Eleanor Wachtel’s unique blend of integrity, warmth and intelligence has consistently won the trust of international, high-profile writers. At the end of their conversation in 2013, John le Carré told her, “You do it better than anyone I know.” Five selections of her interviews have been published, including Original Minds, Random Illuminations¾a book of reflections, correspondence and conversations with Carol Shields¾which won the Independent Publisher Book Award, and most recently, The Best of Writers & Company. Wachtel has been widely recognized for her contributions to Canadian cultural life, with nine honorary degrees (including from McGill, Concordia, Simon Fraser and Dalhousie universities), as well as being named Officer of the Order of Canada.

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.


Additional information

The conversation will be held in English.

Conversation: 1 p.m.

Book signing: 4:30 p.m.


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.

Please note

The tickets do not include admission to the exhibitions.

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