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anne marie macdonald & adult onset

Out of the past

The last part of a trilogy that began with the epic Fall On Your Knees, Ann-Marie Macdonald’s latest novel, Adult Onset, offers an intimate portrait of a troubled past.

A gentle powerhouse

The only Canadian feature film in the official selection of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, My Prairie Home was enthusiastically received in Park City, Utah. In…

The Shooting Star

At 6:00 pm this evening, the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, will be presenting 14 winners with literary awards. Eleanor Catton will be among the recipients of Canada’s highest literary honour for her historical suspense novel The Luminaries. The 28-year-old author has been making headlines around the world, but not just for her GG win. Six weeks ago, Catton won the much-coveted Man Booker Prize. She was the youngest winner for the longest novel (832 pages) in its history.

2013 Governor General’s Literary Awards

On Thursday, November 28, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards will be bestowed on 14 winners in 7 categories at a lavish ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. The Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, will be presenting this year`s awards and the $25,000 purse to each of the winners.

Expozine 2013

Montreal’s small press, comic and zine fair, Expozine, is happening this weekend at the St-Enfant Jésus Church on St-Dominque Street in the Mile End. Expozine started…

Growing up too fast

When the Lily and Taylor meet at a local high school, they discover that they have something in common — both their mothers had been in car crashes. But while Taylor’s mother died, Lily’s mother survived, yet the head injuries she sustained often require Lily to act as the parent.

Looking glass

Leaving la Ville Reine behind and her partner who has moved on, 30-year-old Chloé returns to her Québécois roots, landing a job at a fashion magazine selling ad space to high-end Montreal boutiques. This is a fresh start. She finds new love and explores la métropole, a city of dizzying possibilities. But there are indeed stresses, a lot to get used to. There is temptation and plenty of heady stimuli competing for attention. The reader, too, will experience this inability to focus through Dubois’ brilliant use of adjectives, once considered a no-no in fiction writing.

Crumbs and cliffhangers

It is an important day for the Librairie Paragraphe’s Books and Breakfast this October 20. The beloved literary series will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. But the…

Bill why oh why

Last Tuesday at the deep end of the Bain St. Michel (Infinitheatre) pool, celebrated poets Carolyn Marie Souaid and Endre Farkas hosted an evening celebrating Quebec English-language poets with the launch of their combined editing efforts, Language Matters: Interviews with 22 Quebec Poets. About 60 people attended the launch, including many of the poets who were interviewed for the book.

The End of Pinky to premiere at TIFF

On September 11, 2013, The End of Pinky, an NFB short by Claire Blanchet, based on the original short story by award-winning author Heather O’Neill, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The stereoscopic 3D- animated film is narrated by O’Neill herself and internationally renowned Quebec actor Marc-André Grondin. Last week, I had the chance to speak with Heather O’Neill about her story, the making of Pinky and her future projects.

What are you reading?

Are you still wondering what book you’ll take with you on your holiday? I recently asked Rover’s reviewers about their recommendations for summer reading. Whether you enjoy fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels or poetry, there is something here for everyone.

Presumed innocent

Often portrayed as the era of innocence, the 1950s brought North Americans post-war prosperity, suburban life and the nuclear family, with its clearly defined gender roles. The medium of the day—television—served up squeaky clean characters like June Cleaver, the mother and wife on television’s Leave It To Beaver, a role model to legions of housewives. But as most viewers were aware, made-for-television families had little in common with those living in small towns like Stony River, the setting and title of Tricia Dower’s novel.