What are your literary favorites from Quebec? On the occasion of the 9th edition of the day “August 12, I buy a book from Quebec”, several members of the TVA editorial team make you discover theirs.
Xavier Brassard-Bédard – General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, Information
“Ru” by Kim Thuy
Behind the heaviness of the Vietnam War, Kim Thúy describes scenes of Vietnamese daily life and manages to convey the smells of Vietnamese cuisine throughout the novel. He really is a crush. The intertwined story and characters from beginning to end allow us to devour “Ru” in less than a day. Perfect for the holidays or gray fall Sundays!
Michel Jean – Head of Antenna
“The Dragon of San Jacinto” by Pierre Breton
“I love it. It takes place in the 1960s, in Saint-Hyacinthe in the Yé-yé scene. The description of the time is tasty. We find all the musicians, stars, places and it’s well shot. I can’t wait to see the final”.
Maria Pladys – Desk Manager
“An Extraordinary Woman” by Catherine Ethier
For those who already know the columnist and author, her voice will echo in your head throughout the reading. It is a melancholy book and darker than it seems, covered with a good dose of humor and above all intelligence.
AGENCY JO�L LEMAY/QMI
“Larvae of Life” by Christine Gosselin
A first novel in which the author explores the inner “bugs” and the evils that inhabit him.
Éliane Pilote – Journalist TVA Quebec
“Mister Big or the glorification of toxic love” – India Desjardins
A book that brilliantly addresses our interpersonal relationships, revisiting classic fairy tales. Written with the humor of a writer who is a true role model for many women in Quebec!
Quebec America Editions
Marie-Anne Lapierre – Antenna Manager
“In the land of silent despairby Marie-Pierre Duval
I devoured this book. A novel that becomes a reflection for those who find their breath between their different roles at home and at work. An ode to not being overwhelmed and to seek the essential.
Simon Gamache-Fortin – Journalist TVA Est-du-Québec
“My Pandemic Notebooks” by Dr. François Marquis
I enjoyed immersing myself in the daily life of an intensivist at the heart of the COVID-19 crisis. The day-to-day life of the nursing staff is described in detail. The book is interesting as it also shows the relationship of Dr. Marquis with the media, who gave many interviews during the pandemic.
Joel Lemay / QMI Agency
Anick Berger – Journalist TVA Sherbrooke
“Two and a Half” by Carolanne Foucher
A collection of poems that is read in one go and immerses us in it, but that completely transports us to its pages and leads us to reflection. A read that went straight to my heart.
Emma Brien-Desrochers – Web Copywriter
“The Bestiary of Fruits” by Zviane
Whether you’re a fan of the comics or not, it’s hard to resist Zviane’s charm in The fruit bestiary. Fun from start to finish, this little gem is meant to be savored all at once. We discover exotic fruits, in addition to revisiting plots of Montreal. A delight!
Catherine Légaré – Desk Manager
“High Demolition” by Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard
He is the rising star of Quebec literature, and for good reason. Good characters, a good story and a universe that could not be more attached to our scrutinized time: the medium of humor. And I take this opportunity to invite you to read all of his work!
PHOTO COURTESY/Kevin Millett
Annie Demers – Producer
Woman of the Forest by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
I love this author’s novels! In it there are short chapters (sometimes just one page long) dealing with moments of life in this house or returns to childhood memories. A beautiful positive vision of unexpected events (pandemic??). This book is an ode to life, love, family, Nature; a very beautiful book, rich! It is very well written, although I found that over time there are too many references to nature and it becomes too many parallels and metaphors. It would have taken a slightly more concise novel to read it in one sitting and be left with the beauty of his writing.
Ève Beauregard – Journalist TVA Saguenay
“The Boss” by Hugo Meunier
I loved this book that addresses with humor (and a good dose of absurdity) the differences between an editorial of the 80s and one of the 20s. The novel is scathing, sometimes even incisive in its generational critiques. Note that you don’t have to be in the media to appreciate it. Impossible to predict, during the reading, where the author is taking us… but the book takes an unexpected turn that leads us to laugh out loud several times and devour the book until the last page.
Eve Lemay – Web Copywriter
Aliss by Patrick Senécal and Jeik Dion
I had devoured the novel, which appeared in the year 2000, and was really looking forward to discovering Jeik Dion’s work! I was not disappointed at all. It’s gore, it’s raw, but it’s impossible to put it down. Fans of the genre, get ready!
Illustration courtesy of Ediciones Alire and Front Froid
Lydia Labbé-Roy – Web Copywriter
Screenplay “February 15, 1839” by Pierre Falardeau
It is rare that a film script is published, but this is the solution that Pierre Falardeau found in 1996 to find financing. A successful bet since after having won the hearts of many readers, this remarkable work finally made it to the big screen in 2001.
Dany Bouchard – Producer-Assigner
One of my favorite books was without a doubt Abitibi-Montréal, a collection of stories written by authors with a unique pen, colorful stories, very different from each other. A connection with our regions, storytellers who accurately describe this route to one of the most beautiful and least known corners of Quebec.
Claudine Giroux – Writer
“Nikolsky” by Nicholas Dickner
It is a book from 2006, but in my opinion it is timeless! It tackles identity, family ties and nomadism and these are themes that can resonate with everyone! The characters are a little crazy and Dickner’s writing is surgical and very colorful. It remains one of my favorite works of all time!
KARL TREMBLAY/JOURNAL DE QUEBEC/
Amélie Marcoux – Journalist TVA Trois-Rivières
“Kukum” by Michel Jean
Free expression editions
Christian Lepage – Writer
Raymond Boulanger: The Mercenary Pilot by Daniel Renaud
It’s a captivating story that reads well, perfect for the holidays.
Alexandre Faille – Chief of Staff
“The Banality of a Shot” by Mali Navia
The story unfolds between two worlds that have very little in common. Quebec and its North American cold, healthy, and Colombia and its South American heat, violent. It is these two irreconcilable identities that form the basis of a novel about a father’s exile, then his “forced disappearance” in his native Colombia, and her daughter’s torturous attempt to put down roots in a land where she will never recognize herself. completely. A novel written with great sweetness and sensitivity for such a violent ending.
Raphaëlle Ritchot – Writer and editor
“Around Her” by Sophie Bienvenu
I suggest “Around Her” because it is very rare to discover the characters of a story through the eyes of those who cross their path. “Around her” is a very well structured choral novel, where we discover the story of Florencia and Adrien. A mother and her son.
ICZKOVITS/QMI SEIZURE AGENCY
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