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Suddenly Something Happened

Suddenly Something Happened

These are the complete non-adventures of Jimmy Beaulieu, an easygoing artist with an appreciation for the finer things in life. Like the balconies of Montreal.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32By Jimmy Beaulieu
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Songs for the Cold of Heart

Songs for the Cold of Heart

Read an excerpt from the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Peter McCambridge
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Darlène

Darlène

“She thought, if I can balance on one leg for ten seconds, I won’t cry. If I fall, I’ll cry. She fell.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Ghislaine LeFranc
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Louis Undercover

Louis Undercover

Meet Louis, a young boy who shuttles between his alcoholic dad and his worried mom.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32By Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
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The Keeper’s Daughter

The Keeper’s Daughter

“The islands are dropped words, outstripping thought. Like splattered chapters. Heading in every direction.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by W. Donald Wilson
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For as Long as It Rains

For as Long as It Rains

Something lurks right underneath the surface, in the nameless gap between passion and reason.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32By Zviane and Helge Dascher
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The Crime on Cote des Neiges

The Crime on Cote des Neiges

“Someone had gone to a hell of a lot of trouble just for me… They really needn’t have bothered.”

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Montreal, City of Secrets

Montreal, City of Secrets

“From 1861 until the end of the war in 1865, clandestine activities in Montreal closely resembled what occurred in places such as spy-riddled Casablanca, Lisbon or Geneva during the Second World War.”

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ZORA

ZORA

“Zora’s eyes gleamed like burning coals. For the first time since the beginning of their night ride, Tero was convinced she was not altogether sane.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Fred A. Reed & David Homel
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Partir partir

Partir partir

“We’ll meet back here,” he decided on an impulse. “Same day, same time, ten years from now. Ten. Cross your heart, hope to die.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Frances Pope
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Queues

Queues

“we tolerate Mondays
we tolerate winter mornings
when the first toe to step on the frozen floor
warns us it’s going to be a good day
to die”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Pierre-Luc Landry
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In Search of New Babylon

In Search of New Babylon

“He backed out of the room, never taking his eyes off the preacher.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by W. Donald Wilson
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The Bleeds

The Bleeds

“I like to take my breakfast on the veranda, in the humid morning air, while reading The Nation. That way I know exactly how to abuse its editor during our daily exchange. A national newspaper, to my mind, should have priorities.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Written by Dimitri Nasrallah
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Document 1

Document 1

“Being armchair tourists suited us down to the ground. We used to say that it would be cool to actually go somewhere, to feel the Pimlico breeze on our skin, to go shopping in downtown Happyland, to make friends in Dirty Butter Creek.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by JC Sutcliffe
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exile

exile

your name i ask
first name only
nickname if you want
fake name if you must

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Tis the Season to Be Jolly

Tis the Season to Be Jolly

“Tis the season when taking stock makes you feel stuck in a corner, like you’ve had your bell rung. Tis the season when taking stock makes you smile like you’re in a toothpaste ad…”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Marie-Claude Plourde
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Twenty-One Cardinals

Twenty-One Cardinals

“We lived in the most wonderful anarchy, and I loved that house. The doors slammed, the stairs trembled, the walls shook, life stamped its feet with impatience.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Rhonda Mullins
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Sports and Pastimes

Sports and Pastimes

“It gets steep. Very steep. I can’t see the end of the incline. It’s really long. Félix takes off like a shot. I hate him.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Aimee Wall
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Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanasi Maqaittik

Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanasi Maqaittik

“A dusting of snow had fallen over the village and a green curtain of electric light rippled across the sky.”

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I Never Talk About It

I Never Talk About It

“I don’t know how to do this. How to quit. This.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Guillaume Morissette
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Sun of a Distant Land

Sun of a Distant Land

“I’ve heard it said that troubles don’t arrive alone. One trouble leads to the next, and often the second one is worse than the first. Pa once told me that the Japanese have an expression for this: A wasp stings the crying face.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Claire Holden Rothman
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The Fate of Bonté III

The Fate of Bonté III

“What kind of a man was he? A man like any other. A man like me. A man like you.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Rob Twiss
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The Closed Door

The Closed Door

“I think to myself, yes, we’re happy. If there is a threat to our marriage, it’s not coming from me.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Peter McCambridge
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Testament

Testament

“Maman, I eat hard knocks for breakfast. Maman, I drank every day for six years.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Aimee Wall
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Tio

Tio

“If only he could strike a lode of silver in here and get the hell out. Get out of Potosi, and if possible, get out of Bolivia altogether.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Novella by Matthew Murphy
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Rhapsody in Quebec

Rhapsody in Quebec

The beauty of the world cannot be expressed in one language alone, always the same. And a poem by Anne Hébert can even speak to the goof-off seated in the last row of the class of a regular high school in a Danish village.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Casey Roberts
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Stealing Lord Stanley’s Cup

Stealing Lord Stanley’s Cup

Michel Laprise makes history come alive, lifting statistics and players from the heyday of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens off the page and bringing them to life, blending fact and fiction to describe the theft of Lord Stanley’s Cup.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Review and translation by Peter McCambridge
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Hiroshimoi

Hiroshimoi

“She falls asleep with you, at night. Sees your morning waffle. Smells your fresh-out-of-the-shower scent and knows how water beads on your skin just before you wrap yourself up in a towel.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Marie-Claude Plourde
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En rampant

En rampant

While David Clerson’s first novel, Brothers, was sweeping, allegorical, and pull-no-punches dark, En rampant is anchored in the real, paranoid, present, albeit with a significant dash of magical realism

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Katia Grubisic
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You Are Happy

You Are Happy

“There’s no one here to stop me from doing what I’m about to do
No girl who said ‘I love you’ this morning”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Leanna Brodie
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Baloney

Baloney

“He dreamed of monsters coming over the horizon, straddling mountaintops the way you pull yourself out of a pool, arms first, then a leg. Perched there like vultures, they looked out in his direction.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Pablo Strauss
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Hungary-Hollywood Express

Hungary-Hollywood Express

“I saw Trinity Church. I saw the Woolworth Building. I saw St. Paul’s Chapel. I walked along Broadway. I saw the Stock Exchange. I saw City Hall. I saw thousands of stores open all night. I crossed twenty red lights and fourteen green lights.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Dimitri Nasrallah
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Quelque chose en moi choisit le coup de poing

Quelque chose en moi choisit le coup de poing

Quelque chose en moi choisit le coup de poing is an essay on the expression of the self followed by a series of very short plays. Here are two of them.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Benjamin Hedley
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Le Discours sur la tombe de l’idiot

Le Discours sur la tombe de l’idiot

“His idiot eyes saw nothing. He was looking at him, the mayor seated on the bench, but without really seeing him. His mouth remained half-open, sluggish, as if the lower lip were too heavy. As if someone had emptied out his brain through the nostrils, with a straw.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Jacob Siefring
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Life in the Court of Matane

Life in the Court of Matane

“It was there, just at the bottom of the eighth beer, that we would start to lose him. He would begin to lift up off the ground, rising ever higher, ever further, until we needed a telescope to watch him ascend into the sky.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Peter McCambridge
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Pugnacious and Flamboyant

Pugnacious and Flamboyant

In Faire l’amour, Anne-Marie Olivier talks frankly and funnily about sex, with each of the play’s scenes based on a true story.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Marie-Claude Plourde
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Pour réussir un poulet

Pour réussir un poulet

Fabien Cloutier won a first Governor General’s Literary Award in 2015 with Pour réussir un poulet, a raw and cruel portrait of the exploitation of human misery.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Marie-Claude Plourde
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Betsi Larousse

Betsi Larousse

Filled with dramatic flair and brilliantly told, Betsi Larousse is a story drawn in shades of madness and humour.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Jean-Paul Murray
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Sneak Peek: The Goddess of Fireflies

Sneak Peek: The Goddess of Fireflies

An excerpt from The Goddess of Fireflies before it is published later this month.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Neil Smith
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A Beckoning War

A Beckoning War

“In the roomy cinderblock barn now serving as his headquarters, he ticks down the minutes till the attack, cigarette by cigarette, the burning fuse of time. Twenty minutes. Ten minutes. Soldiers come and go.”

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A Close Call for Christmas

A Close Call for Christmas

This witty and beautifully illustrated children’s story is guaranteed to brighten your Holiday season.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Review by Peter McCambridge
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Cycling to Asylum

Cycling to Asylum

“What did he say?
“He said something about how I should leave now unless I planned to stay forever.”
“So you stayed.”

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I Hate Hockey

I Hate Hockey

“I hate hockey!” is the first and last sentence in this novel that offers a new take on Canada’s love-hate relationship with hockey. Narrator Antoine Vachon blames the game for killing his marriage with his beautiful ex-wife (well, that and the power outage that brought her home unexpectedly to find him in bed with her intern). But hockey is a pretext for unlikely adventure in this sardonic roman noir that at times flirts with the outrageous.

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Serafim and Claire

Serafim and Claire

“He followed Claire into the club, keeping close as they walked deeper into the bare-bulbed electric light, where sweat, smoke, alcohol, and perfume washed over them in a raucous wave that almost knocked Serafim back. The music was more ardent and raw than in the other clubs, with newly arrived musicians pulling bronze trumpets and saxophones out of cases lined with purple velvet and shouldering their way closer to the stage. To Serafim, it was bedlam. Claire, on the other hand, fed on the chaos.”

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A Second Chance

A Second Chance

A Second Chance by Felicia Mihali tells the story of a Romanian couple in the impressively multicultural city of Laval. It’s spring 2012 and Adam is recovering from a stroke. His right arm has been left paralyzed and his memories are almost completely gone. Daily life with his wife is both deathly dull (trips to Costco and the mall) and full of fear (he’s too afraid to answer the phone, scared that people will speak to him in the language he has now forgotten).

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New Tab

New Tab

“Best way to describe my relationship with my hair would be ‘Hostage situation.’”

New Tab is a touching portrait of life in Montreal as so many of us know it today. Morissette’s is a unique voice, but at the same time it’s the voice of a generation, the voice of our generation.

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