do you suffer fromTsundoku? Of what ? This Japanese word designates the syndrome of the pile of unread books, which stands in an increasingly precarious balance on your nightstand. Warning: Quebec’s rich literary season could aggravate your happy problem.
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I was a heroSofia Welcome
I was a hero
The Horse of August (September 20)
One day, surely, a literature student will write a master’s thesis on the place of animals in the work of Sophie Bienvenu. Mathieu’s dog in look for sam figure with Cleo from the tuque war among the most memorable puppies in the history of Quebec fiction. But this time it is a cat that the author of the novel And worst case scenario, we’ll get married. position next to Yvan, an alcoholic who receives an irreversible diagnosis, the type to generate a chain of existential questions.
Augustine or the illustrationMarie Claire Blais
Augustine or the illustration
Boreal (September 27)
When she left us, on November 30, 2021, Marie-Claire Blais was working on a new novel in which she revived her character of Augustino, whom she last met in Rebecca’s birth in the Age of Torment in 2008. This writer, for whom literature will not be enough to bring the world out of its darkness, now lives in India, among lepers. Posthumous fragment of one hundred pages, this publication marks the true end of the monumental cycle Thirsty.
When will dawn come?Dominique Forttier
When will dawn come?
Violet (September 27)
“But for months I have been rage, nothing more, perhaps because I am not only mourning his death but also his life,” writes Dominique Fortier in these notebooks written at night, during the summer following the departure of his dad. Impressive, the first pages of When will dawn come? indicate that this inevitably very intimate testimony is, as paper citiesthe work of a great reader, with the difference that it is her memories, and not the work of Emily Dickinson, that she submits this time to the sensitive clairvoyance of her gaze.
woman of the riverAnais Barbeau-Lavalette
woman of the river
Anais Barbeau Lavalette
Leaf Trader (October)
There was forest womanlast year, and of course the leaky womanin 2015. Now comes the woman of the river at the heart of a prosperous autumn for the prolific Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, who will present her adaptation for the big screen of White dog by RomainGary. This new novel, which takes place on the shore, “carries in its wings the audacity of all the women who have decided to write their desire”, we promise.
we all have fallJuliana Léveillé-Trudel
we all have fall
The town (October 4)
With Nirliither first novel since it was translated into several languages, Juliana Léveillé-Trudel signed one of the most luminous entries in the literature of 2015. It picks up where it left off in we all have fall, as a young woman from the south is reunited with Nunavik, two years after teaching there and a few Inuktitut lessons later. His mission from her this time? Giving poetry workshops to children who had become teenagers that she had always carried in her heart.
the writers sanitariumSuzanne Myre
the writers sanitarium
Right now (October 11)
Christian is in the same state of mind as so many novelists after the publication of their first book: disappointed that his work, instead of changing the face of the world, only got three stars in the local paper, and better luck next time, scribe. . . Embittered, he signs up for an uninspired writers’ retreat at a writers’ sanatorium, a premise charged with the mildly cynical humor of Suzanne Myre, who reappears after four years of absence and whom we wish more than three stars.
A man and his dogs.Marc Seguin
A man and his dogs.
Lemeac (October 12)
Although he has never signed any autofiction, strictly speaking, Marc Séguin usually imagines characters whose main characteristics (honesty, intractability, insatiable thirst for freedom) strangely evoke a certain painter and hunter. This sixth novel fits, at least at first glance, into this category, since it tells the story of the difficulty of loving a narrator for whom it is “impossible to resist, six months a year, the call of the open air.” as well as that, “cruel, of the animals that are dying”.
north montrealMariana Maza
Quebec America (October 12)
It is not enough to kill the headlines, you will say, but what sense does Mariana Mazza have of the punch! “I was born in Canada thanks to alcohol”: that’s the last sentence – effective hook, right? – from the opening chapter of north montreal, his first story named after the neighborhood of his childhood. The humorist, who this summer revealed to the demanding reader that it is in her literary chronicles in Goodnight !portrays the crude and colorful decoration of its early days.
Drinks and mishaps of a chipperMarie-Renee Lavoie
Drinks and mishaps of a chipper
XYZ (October 12)
After long and uneventful years of marriage, Diane has learned in her previous adventures to generously embrace the joys of freedom. She chooses her freedom again in this final volume of Marie-Renée Lavoie’s popular trilogy (the sequel toAutopsy of a woman flat Y Diane asks for a count) by leaving her job at a primary school, to become “responsible for the synergy of professional and digital teams” in a large company. Observation: Adults behave more like children than children.
I was right next toPatrick Nicholas
I was right next to
The Mayor (October 12)
“Nostalgia awaits intellectuals, but is it defensible? What past, what inheritance can he claim? asks a certain Pierre, professor at CEGEP and alter ego of Patrick Nicol. Against the backdrop of a Quebec that, between the maple spring and the COVID-19 pandemic, will have changed a lot, this tenth novel reminds us how few writers know as well as the author of The swimmer in the middle of the lake. intends to talk about everyday life, to better specify the miasma that weighs on the spirit of the times.
The world will fall on youJean Simon Des Rochers
The world will fall on you
Jean Simon Des Rochers
Boreal (October 18)
With The heat wave of the poor (2009), Jean-Simon DesRochers immediately became one of Quebec’s masters of the choral novel, in which earthly characters and fruitful chance abound. The writer goes from Herbes Rouges, where all his work has been published up to now, to Le Boréal with this seventh novel, which seems to reconnect with his love of intertwining stories, and in which teenage Quebec girls, Finnish hockey players, a Korean environmental activist and Parisian cafe owner.
the queen of nothingGenevieve Pettersen
the queen of nothing
Stanke (November 2)
Here is, without a doubt, the most awaited return of this literary season, that of Geneviève Pettersen who, after the magical success of The Goddess of Fireflies (2014), has dedicated a lot to her life as a communicator, as an announcer on QUB Radio and a columnist on the montreal daily. Expected profitability, therefore, above all because we find in the queen of nothing the rebellious Catalina of her first novel, already an adult, who separates from the father of her children and tries to free herself from those ordinary servitudes that are (sometimes) the couple and motherhood.
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