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Montreal Reads: Girl Unwrapped by Gabriella Goliger

This is the story of Toni, a girl growing up in the 1960s and ′70s and trying to navigate what it means to be gay and Jewish in Montreal. Goliger explains that she “wanted to explore how having the dual … Continue reading

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Montreal Reads: No Crystal Stair by Mairuth Sarsfield

No Crystal Stair, set in the neighbourhood of Little Burgundy in the early 1940s, tells the story of Marion Willow as she tries to give her girls the confidence and refinement they’ll need to rise up in the world, even … Continue reading

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Montreal Reads: Ru by Kim Thúy

Ru, first published in French and translated into English, is an autobiographical novel by Kim Thúy. In Vietnamese ru means lullaby; in French it is a stream, often a metaphorical flow of money, tears or blood. This is the story of … Continue reading

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Montreal Reads: Serafim and Claire by Mark Lavorato

Serafim and Claire is a story about two people trying to escape the rigid social mores of the past to find passion in their single-minded pursuit of art. Claire flees the servitude of working for a rich Anglo family to … Continue reading

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Montreal Reads: Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner

In Nikolski Montreal is a migratory hub, a city where nomads wind up, at least for a time. They carry their histories with them, mapping their routes and their roots as they go. Joyce leaves the fishing village of Tête-à-la-Baleine, … Continue reading

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Montreal Reads: Cockroach by Rawi Hage

Cockroach unfolds during a bitter Montreal winter. Its narrator, despite his de facto membership in a community of exiles, is utterly isolated and both fearful and desirous of human ties. As a master thief, he ties himself instead to people’s … Continue reading

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Reading Project: Montreal Reads

Montreal Reads My usual rules for pleasure reading are few. In fact, I may have only one “rule” for reading, which is that I must have variety. I like to routinely switch from one genre to another, from one setting … Continue reading

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2012 International Festival of Authors

It’s that time of year again! From October 18 to 28, Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre will be wall-to-wall authors, books, and words. And, as usual, there are way more events than you can count on all your fingers and toes! The … Continue reading

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Roundup: Author Readings

Today I went to one of the many readings at this year’s International Festival of Authors to see Ken Babstock, Peter Behrens, Frances Itani, and Nicole Lundrigan read from their new works. All of the writers selected compelling, tantalizing portions … Continue reading

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