Literary return | Twelve Quebec books to add to your stack

Suffer fromtsundoku? Enough to ? This Japanese word describes the syndrome of the pile of books sitting in an increasingly precarious balance on your bedside table. Warning: Quebec’s bountiful literary season could make your happy problem worse.

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Dominik Spaet

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i was a heroSophie welcome

i was a hero

i was a hero

The August Horse (September 20)

One day a literature student will surely 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 the Cleo from The Tuque War among the most memorable pooches in the history of Quebec fiction. But this time it’s a cat that the author of the novel And in the worst case, we get married Position alongside Yvan, an alcoholic who receives an irreversible diagnosis, the guy who raises a number of existential questions.

Augustino or EnlightenmentMarie Claire Blais

Augustino or Enlightenment

Augustino or Enlightenment

Boreal (September 27)

When she left us on November 30, 2021, Marie-Claire Blais was working on a new novel, recreating her character of Augustino, whom she last met Birth of Rebecca in the Age of Agony in 2008. This writer, for whom literature will not suffice to distract the world from its darkness, now lives in India among lepers. A posthumous fragment of a hundred pages, this publication marks the true end of the monumental cycle Thirsty.

When will the dawn comeDominique Fortier

When will the dawn come

When will the dawn come

Viola (September 27)

“But for months I have been filled with anger, nothing else, perhaps because I mourn not only his death but also his life,” writes Dominique Fortier in these notebooks, written at night one summer after his father’s departure. Shocking, the first few pages of When will the dawn come point out that these are inevitably very intimate testimonies, such as paper citiesthe work of a great reader, with the difference that it is her memoirs and not the work of Emily Dickinson that this time subjects her to the sensitive clairvoyance of her gaze.

river womanAnaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

river woman

river woman

Leaf Vendor (October)

There were forest womanlast year and of course The Leaky Womanin 2015. Here comes the river woman At the heart of a successful autumn for the prolific Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, who will present her big-screen adaptation at the Cinemania film festival in November white dog by Romain Gary. This new novel, unfolding on the shore, “carries on its wings the audacity of all women who have chosen to write their desires,” we promise.

We all fallJuliana Léveillé-Trudel

We all fall

We all have autumn

The People (October 4th)

With Nirliiteher first novel, which has since been translated into several languages, Juliana Léveillé-Trudel signed one of the brightest entries in literature of 2015. She continues where she left off We all fall, while a young woman from the South reconnects with Nunavik two years after being a teacher there and a few Inuktitut hours later. His mission this time? Giving poetry workshops to the children-turned-teens whom she always carried in her heart.

The writer’s sanatoriumSuzanne Myre

The writer's sanatorium

The writer’s sanatorium

Now (October 11)

Christian is in the same mood as so many novelists after the publication of his first book: disappointed that instead of changing the face of the world, his work only got three stars in the local paper, and better luck next time, writer. Bitterly, he signs up for a retreat for uninspired writers at a writers’ sanatorium, a place steeped in the gently cynical humor of Suzanne Myre, who resurfaces after a four-year absence and we wish her more than three stars.

A man and his dogsMarc Seguin

A man and his dogs

A man and his dogs

Lemeak (October 12)

Although strictly speaking he never signed an autofiction, Marc Séguin often imagines characters whose main characteristics (sincerity, inflexibility, insatiable urge for freedom) are strangely reminiscent of a certain painter and hunter. This sixth novel fits into that category, at least at first glance, telling the story of the difficulty of loving a narrator for whom it is “impossible to resist the call of the open air six months a year”. as well as the “cruel of the dying beasts”.

Montreal NorthMariana Mazza

Montreal North

Montreal North

Quebec America (October 12)

Not enough to kill the headlines you’ll say, but what a sense of clout Mariana Mazza has! “I was born in Canada thanks to alcohol”: That’s the last sentence – an effective hook, isn’t it? – from the opening chapter of Montreal North, his first story so named in honor of his childhood neighborhood. The humorist who this summer revealed to the discerning reader that she’s on in her literary chronicles Good evening !shows the rough and colorful interior of its early days.

Drinks and kickbacks of a chopperMarie Renee Lavoie

Drinks and kickbacks of a chopper

Drinks and kickbacks of a chopper

XYZ (October 12)

After long and quiet years of marriage, Diane learned in her earlier adventures to embrace the joys of freedom generously. In this final volume of Marie-Renée Lavoie’s beloved trilogy (the sequel toAutopsy of a flat woman and from Diane requests a recount) by leaving his job in 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 themselves.

I was right therepatrick nicol

I was right there

I was right there

The Quartermaster (October 12)

“Nostalgia awaits intellectuals, but is it justifiable? What past, what legacy can he claim for himself? asks a certain Pierre, CEGEP teacher and alter ego of Patrick Nicol. Against the backdrop of a Quebec that will have changed greatly between the Maple Spring and the COVID-19 pandemic, this tenth novel reminds us how few writers know as well as the author of The swimmer in the middle of the lake pretending to talk about everyday life in order to better capture the miasma that oppresses the zeitgeist.

The world will fall back on youJean Simon Des Rochers

The world will fall back on you

The world will fall back on you

Boreal (October 18)

With The heat wave of the poor (2009), Jean-Simon DesRochers immediately became one of the Quebec masters of the choral novel, where earthy characters and fruitful coincidences abound. The author moves from Herbes Rouges, where all his works have been published to date, to Le Boréal with this seventh novel, which seems to reconnect with his fondness for intertwined stories and in which both adolescent girls from Quebec, Finnish hockey players, a Korean Environmental activist and a Parisian café owner.

The Queen of NothingGenevieve Pettersen

The Queen of Nothing

The Queen of Nothing

Stanke (November 2nd)

Here is undoubtedly the most awaited return of this literary season, that of Geneviève Pettersen, following the magical success of The goddess of fireflies (2014), dedicated her life as a communicator, as a presenter at QUB Radio and as a columnist at the MontrealJournal. Expected return therefore, especially since we find in The Queen of Nothing the rebellious Catherine of her first novel, now grown up as she separates from her children’s father and tries to break free from those ordinary bondages that are (sometimes) the couple and motherhood.

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