Culture & Conversation

Mot/town: Monique Polak


Mot/town is a video and literary collaboration between myself, Elise Moser, and some of Montreal’s writers, poets, and spoken word artists. We meet in their neighbourhoods, in their kitchens, on their front stoops, at their work place and bring a camera. Monique Polak, about to launch her fourteenth YA novel, is first in line. 

In addition to teaching at Marianapolis College and maintaining an active freelance journalism career, Monique Polak is the author of fourteen books for young adults, the most recent being So Much It Hurts, about a teenager in an abusive relationship. Monique’s historical novel, What World Is Left, won the 2009 Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and YA Literature.

She launches her latest YA novel, So Much It Hurts, on Thursday, November 7th, at Babar en ville (1235 Greene ave). A portion of book sales will be donated to Rue des Femmes, a Montreal organization supporting homeless women, many of whose lives have been affected by violence. 5-7 P.M.

In So Much It Hurts, Iris is an aspiring actress, and at 17 is thrilled when the charismatic older director visiting her school takes a special interest in her. When he turns controlling and violent, she struggles to save herself.

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