On August 12, I’m buying a book from Quebec: Favorites from the TVA editorial team

What are your literary favorites in Quebec? On the occasion of the 9th edition of the day “12. I’m going to buy a book from Quebec on August 19,” let several members of the TVA editorial team discover their book.

Xavier Brassard-Bédard – Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, Information

“Ru” by Kim Thuy

Behind the severity of the Vietnam War, Kim Thúy describes scenes of Vietnamese everyday life and manages to convey the smells of Vietnamese cuisine to us throughout the novel. It really is a crush. The intertwining story and characters from start to finish allow us to devour Ru in less than a day. Perfect for the holidays or those gray Sundays in autumn!


Michel Jean – Head of the antenna

“The Dragon of Saint-Hyacinthe” by Pierre Breton

“Love this. It’s set in Saint-Hyacinthe in the 1960s in the yé-yé scene. The description of the time is delicious. We find all the musicians, stars, locations and it’s well received. Can’t wait to see it to see the end.”

Maria Pladys – Head of Reception

“An Extraordinary Woman” by Catherine Ethier

For those who already know the columnist and author, her voice will reverberate in your head throughout the read. It’s a melancholy and darker book than it seems, peppered with a good dose of humor and, above all, intelligence.


“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 Poisonous Love” – ​​India Desjardins

A book that brilliantly addresses our interpersonal relationships and takes up classic fairy tales in a new way. Written with the humor of a writer who is a true role model for many Quebec women!

Editions Quebec America

Marie-Anne Lapierre – Director of the antenna

“In the Land of Quiet Despair” by Marie-Pierre Duval

I devoured this book. A novel that becomes a reflection for those who catch their breath between their different roles at home and at work. An ode to no longer being overwhelmed and to looking for the essential.

Stanke Editions

Simon Gamache-Fortin – Journalist TVA Est-du-Québec

“My Pandemic Notebooks” by Dr. Francois Marquis

I’ve enjoyed immersing myself in the daily life of an ICU in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. The everyday life of the nursing staff is described in detail. The book is interesting as it also describes the relationship of Dr. Marquis to the media, who has been giving many interviews during the pandemic.

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Anick Berger – Journalist TVA Sherbrooke

“Two and a Half” by Carolanne Foucher

A collection of poems that can be read in one go and pulls us in, but which completely takes us into its pages and makes us think. A read that went straight to my heart.

Emma Brien-Desrochers – Web Writer

“The Bestiary of Fruits” by Zviane

Whether you’re a fan of comics or not, it’s hard to resist Zviane’s charm The fruit bestiary. Funny from start to finish, this little gem should be enjoyed in one gulp. We discover exotic fruits and visit parcels of Montreal. A pleasure!

Catherine Légaré – Head of Reception

“High Demolition” by Jean-Philippe Baril Guerard

He’s the rising star of Quebec literature, and with good reason. Good characters, a good story and a universe that could no longer be glued to our time: the center of humor. And I take this opportunity to invite you to read all his work!


Annie Demers – Producer

Forest Woman by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

I love this author’s novels! In this there are short chapters (sometimes only one page) dealing with moments of life in this house or returning to childhood memories. A beautiful positive vision of unexpected events (pandemic??). This book is an ode to life, to love, to family, to nature; a very nice and comprehensive book! It’s very well written, although I found that as time went on there was a little too much reference to nature and there became a little too much paralleling and metaphor. I would have picked a slightly more concise novel to read it in one go and just stuck with the beauty of his writing style.

Ève Beauregard – Journalist TVA Saguenay

“The Boss” by Hugo Meunier

I loved this book, which uses humor (and a good dose of absurdity) to explore the differences between a 1980s newsroom and a 2020s one. The novel is scathing, sometimes even sharp in its generational criticism. Note that you don’t have to be from the media to appreciate it. During the reading it is not clear where the author will lead us… but the book takes an unexpected turn that makes us laugh out loud several times and devour the book to the last page.

Stanke Editions

Eve Lemay – Web Writer

Aliss by Patrick Senecal and Jeik Dion

I had devoured the novel which came out in 2000 and was very excited to discover Jeik Dion’s work! I wasn’t disappointed at all. It’s gore, it’s raw, but it’s impossible to put down. Fans of the genre, get ready!

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Lydia Labbé-Roy – web writer

Screenplay of the film “15. February 1839” by Pierre Falardeau

It’s rare for a screenplay to be released, but this is the solution Pierre Falardeau found in 1996 to find funding. A winning bet, because after winning the hearts of many readers, this remarkable work finally found its way to the big screen in 2001.

QMI agency

Dany Bouchard – Producer and Contributor

Abitibi-Montreal Compendium.

One of my favorite books was without a doubt Abitibi-Montréal, a collection of short stories written by authors with a unique pen, colorful stories very different from each other. A connection to our regions, storytellers who detail this route to one of the most beautiful – and little-known – corners of Quebec.

Claudine Giroux – writer

“Nikolsky” by Nicolas Dickner

It’s a book from 2006, but I think it’s timeless! It’s about identity, family ties and nomadism and these are topics that can appeal to anyone! The characters are a bit wacky and Dickner’s writing is surgical and so colourful. It remains one of my favorite works of all time!


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 an engaging story that’s a good read, ideal for the holidays.


Alexandre Faille – Head of Reception

“The Banality of a Shot” by Mali Navia

The story takes place between two worlds that have very little in common. Quebec and its North American cold, sanitized 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 “enforced disappearance” in his native Colombia, and his daughter’s tortuous attempt to put down roots in a country where she never fully found herself will recognize. A novel written with great gentleness and sensitivity to such a violent ending.

Raphaëlle Ritchot – Author and editor

“Around Her” by Sophie Bienvenu

I suggest “Around Her” because it’s so rare to discover the characters of a story through the eyes of those who cross your path. Around her is such a well structured choral novel in which we discover the story of Florence and Adrien. A mother and her son.


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