Montreal Review of Books Summer Issue Launch

Join us to launch the Summer 2019 issue of the Montreal Review of Books. With readings by three writers and one translator featured in the issue. Help us raise a glass to summer and Quebec lit!

Tuesday July 9th, 7-9 PM
La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 176 Bernard West
Free; refreshments will be served

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Stéphane Larue was born in Longueuil in 1983. He received a master’s in comparative literature at Université de Montréal and has worked in the restaurant industry for the past fifteen years. He lives in Montréal. The Dishwasher is his first book.

Pablo Strauss grew up in British Columbia and has lived in Quebec City for over a decade. His translations of Quebec fiction include Daniel Grenier’s The Longest Year (a finalist for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation), and Maxime Raymond Bock’s Baloney (Coach House Books, 2016) and Atavisms (Dalkey Archive Press, 2015). He has also published shorter translations and reviews in Granta, Geist, and The Montreal Review of Books. Pablo has worked as a dishwasher in nine restaurants in three cities.

The Dishwasher

It’s winter in Montreal, 2002, when a graphic design student’s gambling addiction starts to drag him under. In debt to the metal band that’s commissioned him to draw their album cover and ensnared in lies to his friends and his cousin, he takes the first job that promises a paycheck: dishwasher at La Trattoria, a high-end restaurant, where he finds himself thrust, on his first night, into roiling world of characters. A magnificent, hyperrealist debut, with a soundtrack by Iron Maiden, The Dishwasher plunges us into a world in which—for better or for worse—everyone depends on each other.

Shannon Webb-Campbell is a mixed Indigenous (Mi’kmaq) settler poet, writer, and critic. Her books include: Still No Word (Breakwater 2015), the recipient of Eagle Canada’s Out in Print Award, and I Am A Body of Land (Book*hug 2019). Shannon is a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at University of New Brunswick, and holds a MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, and MA in English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is the editor of Visual Arts News Magazine.

I Am a Body of Land

If poetry is a place to question, I Am a Body of Land by Shannon Webb-Campbell is an attempt to explore a relationship to poetic responsibility and accountability, and frame poetry as a form of re-visioning. Here Webb-Campbell revisits the text of her earlier work Who Took My Sister? to examine her self, her place and her own poetic strategies. These poems are efforts to decolonize, unlearn, and undo harm. Reconsidering individual poems and letters, Webb-Campbell’s confessional writing circles back, and challenges what it means to ask questions of her own settler-Indigenous identity, belonging, and attempts to cry out for community, and call in with love.

Susan Doherty‘s first work of non-fiction is The Ghost Garden. Her debut novel, A Secret Music, was published in 2015 with Cormorant Books. Susan began her career at Maclean’s Magazine, after studying journalism at Ryerson. After Maclean’s, she moved to Paris and worked for a digital publishing company, freelancing for The International Herald Tribune, La Tribune de Genève, and the Independent in London. Back in Canada, she studied creative writing at the University of Toronto, Concordia University, and was mentored by Sandra Birdsell through the Humber School for Writers. That mentorship led to the first draft of her first book, a study of the sibling bond, and living in the shadows of depression. After doing research at the Douglas Institute for mental illness treatments options, she began to volunteer with patients suffering from psychotic illnesses. Her volunteer work led to a desire to showcase aspects of extreme psychosis, which culminated in her newest work of narrative non-fiction: The Ghost Garden: Inside the Lives of Schizophrenia’s Feared and Forgotten. As well as the Douglas Institute, her volunteer affiliations include: the YMCA, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Quebec Writer’s Federation and Nazareth House, a shelter for the addicted and homeless.

The Ghost Garden: Inside the lives of schizophrenia’s feared and forgotten

Susan Doherty’s groundbreaking book brings us a population of lost souls, ill-served by society, feared, shunted from locked wards to rooming houses to the streets to jail and back again. For the past ten years, some of the people who cycle in and out of the severely ill wards of the Douglas Institute in Montreal have found a friend in Susan, who volunteers on the ward, and then follows her friends out into the world as they struggle to get through their days. With their full cooperation, she brings us their stories, which challenge the ways we think about people with mental illness on every page.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly recognizes that our events and bookstores are located on the unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka. Many of us refer to Montreal as our home, but it is named Tiohtiá:ke. This has always been a gathering place for many First Nations and continues to be home to a diverse population of Indigenous peoples. It is important to think about how each and every one of us has arrived here. We are grateful that creating and sharing stories has been a part of this land for thousands of years and we urge you to seek out a story that is different from your own.


La Petite Drawn & Quarterly Accessibility information:

– Our event space uses ramps in an effort to encourage accessibility. Both the step at the entrance, followed by a half step and a door have StopGap ramps. The door opens inward and is not automated. Once inside, there are no additional steps.
– It is not a sober space, our events sometimes offer alcohol.

♥️ Please email if you have any accessibility needs we can accommodate (for example, saving you a seat if you have mobility needs) for you to be able to enjoy our events, worry-free, and feel free to contact us for any concerns you may have ♥️

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