“One layer that I do really appreciate about Quebec literature is the presence of a social engagement, a politicizing of the subject, voice, language through the material of language at a kind of ground roots level.”
“It’s the first words, the opening lines that grab my attention. They have to land, leave their mark.”
“I held the printed book in my hands for the first time just a few days ago and am a little afraid to open it.”
“Perhaps the most enduring quality of Quebec literature is its preoccupation with identity.”
“Quebec literature is torn between looking inward (at the self, the local environment, and the community) and moving outward, exploring experiences in the world beyond with sometimes a taste for the exotic.”
This year, we begin a new tradition and ask a handful of French-language publishers to look back at 2017, focusing as ever on Quebec fiction.