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And the Birds Rained Down

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Genre Fiction
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Isbn 1770563334
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Year 2013-03-22
Pages 176
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A CBC CANADA READS 2015 SELECTION! FINALIST FOR THE 2013 GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD FOR FRENCH-TO-ENGLISH TRANSLATION Tom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can’t eke out for themselves. But one summer two women arrive. One is a young photographer documenting a a series of catastrophic forest fires that swept Northern Ontario early in the century; she’s on the trail of the recently deceased Ted Boychuck, a survivor of the blaze. And then the elderly aunt of the one of the pot growers appears, fleeing one of the psychiatric institutions that have been her home since she was sixteen. She joins the men in the woods and begins a new life as Marie-Desneige. With the photographer’s help, they find Ted’s series of paintings about the fire, and begin to decipher the dead man’s history. A haunting meditation on aging and self-determination, And the Birds Rained Down, originally published in French as Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was the winner of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the first Canadian title to win this honour. It was winner of the Prix des lecteurs Radio-Canada, the Prix des collégiens du Québec, the Prix Ringuet 2012 and a finalist for the Grand Prix de la ville de Montréal. 'Nostalgic and beautifully grotesque, this novel is delightfully baroque and, although short, so striking it will simply never leave you.' – The Coast Jocelyne Saucier's novels have received countless prizes, including the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie. Rhonda Mullins's translation of Saucier's novel Jeanne's Road was nominated for the Governor General's Award.

Il pleuvait des oiseaux

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Genre Fiction
Author Jocelyne Saucier
Isbn 2892616735
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Year 2011-02-03T00:00:00-05:00
Pages 185
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Vers quelle forêt secrète se dirige la photographe partie à la recherche d’un certain Boychuck, témoin et brûlé des Grands Feux qui ont ravagé le nord de l’Ontario au début du XXe siècle? On ne le saura pas. Au moment où s’amène la photographe, Boychuck vient tout juste de mourir. Tom et Charlie, deux survivants, ignorent que la venue de la photographe bousculera leur vie. Ils feront la rencontre d’un personnage aérien, Marie-Desneige. Elle a 82 ans et tous ses esprits, même si elle est internée depuis 66 ans. Elle arrive sur les lieux comme une brise espérée alors que la photographe découvrira que Boychuck était un peintre et que son oeuvre était tout entière marquée par le Grand Feu de Matheson. C’est dans ce décor que s’élabore Il pleuvait des oiseaux. Nous voilà en plein coeur d’un drame historique, mais aussi pris par l’histoire d’hommes qui ont choisi la forêt. Trois êtres épris de liberté et qui ont fait un pacte avec la mort. Un superbe récit à la mesure du grand talent de Jocelyne Saucier, deux fois finaliste au Prix du Gouverneur général et récipiendaire du Prix à la création artistique du CALQ pour l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue (2010).

Dans la lentille de « Il pleuvait des oiseaux »

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Genre Photography
Author Les Films OUTSIDERS
Isbn 2897722037
File size 1974 kb
Year 2019-09-11T00:00:00-04:00
Pages 120
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Il pleuvait des oiseaux, roman de Jocelyne Saucier se déroulant dans les forêts du Nord, est empreint d’une grande poésie picturale. Celle-ci est traduite de façon puissante par le bouleversant film éponyme de Louise Archambault, une oeuvre empreinte d’espoir et de grâce. Avec Dans la lentille de « Il pleuvait des oiseaux », la possibilité est offerte d’un arrêt sur image, pour prolonger l’immersion dans l’univers visuel d’un récit inoubliable. Avec des textes de Louise Archambault, Rémy Girard, Andrée Lachapelle, Eve Landry, Ginette Petit, Jocelyne Saucier, Marc Séguin et Gilbert Sicotte; des toiles de Marc Séguin et des images de Mathieu Laverdière.

The Orange Grove

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Genre Fiction
Author Larry Tremblay
Isbn 177196037X
File size 302 kb
Year 2015-10-15
Pages 176
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“A finely sculpted gem . . . Possibly the best novel to come from Quebec in 2013.”—Elle “A fluid and disturbing fable . . . Subtle and extraordinary.”—La Presse “An essential book.”—Chatelaine In an unnamed and war-torn country, twin brothers Amed and Aziz live in the sanctuary of the family’s orange grove. But when a bomb comes from “the other side of the mountain” and kills their grandparents, their father must choose how best to avenge his parents’ death, with tragic and unforeseen consequences. Morally complex and completely unforgettable, Larry Tremblay’s bestselling The Orange Grove offers up a tragic fable about the absurd logic of terrorism, the power of brotherly love, and the hope for peace in a broken world.

Guyana

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Genre Fiction
Author Elise Turcotte
Isbn 1770563733
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Year 2014-05-19
Pages 176
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Ana and her son, Philippe, are grieving the loss of Philippe's father when Ana's hairstylist Kimi dies in an apparent suicide. Driven by a force she doesn't understand, Ana starts digging into Kimi's past in Guyana in 1978, which leads to nested tales of north and south, past and present, and to the Jonestown Massacre. A stunning translation of a masterpiece by one of Quebec's most important novelists. Elise Turcotte is a novelist and award-winning poet who has twice received the Prix Emile-Nelligan. Rhonda Mullins was a finalist for the 2007 Governor General's Literary Award for Translation and translated Jocelyne Saucier's And the Birds Rained Down.

Kamouraska

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Genre Fiction
Author Anne Hébert
Isbn 1770892680
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Year 2000-01-01
Pages 232
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A classic of Canadian literature by the great Quebecoise writer, Kamouraska is based on a real nineteenth-century love-triangle in rural Quebec. It paints a poetic and terrifying tableau of the life of Elisabeth d'Aulnieres: her marriage to Antoine Tassy, squire of Kamouraska; his violent murder; and her passion for George Nelson, an American doctor. Passionate and evocative, Kamouraska is the timeless story of one woman's destructive commitment to an ideal love. Translated into seven languages, Kamouraska won the Paris book prize and was made into a landmark feature film by Claude Jutra. This edition features a brilliant new introduction by Noah Richler.

Mister Roger and Me

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Genre Fiction
Author Marie-Renee Lavoie
Isbn 1770892036
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Year 2012-09-05
Pages 224
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Helen, alias "Joe," would rather be a boy and have all kinds of adventures like Lady Oscar, her favourite cartoon heroine. She daydreams about living in another time and achieving great things, but she must be content delivering newspapers and working at the bingo hall. After all, she is only eight years old, even though she claims to be ten. When Roger, an old man who drinks like a fish, swears like a sailor, and dreams about dying, moves into the working-class neighbourhood where Helen lives with her family, the two make uneasy acquaintances. But, after a series of scary and disturbing events, an unlikely friendship develops — one that changes them both forever. A stunning debut novel in the spirit of The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews, Mister Roger and Me perfectly captures the irony, innocence, heartbreak, and humour of childhood.

A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

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Genre Fiction
Author Gil Courtemanche
Isbn 0345809130
File size 1543 kb
Year 2013-11-26
Pages 272
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“Look, for people who’re going to be dead soon, we’re not doing too badly.” “The novel of the year” is what La Presse called this extraordinary book, a love story that takes place in the days leading up to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. A first work of fiction by one of French Canada’s most admired journalists, Gil Courtemanche, it was first published in Quebec in 2000, spent more than a year on bestseller lists and won the Prix des Libraires, the booksellers’ award for outstanding book of the year. Rights were sold to publishers in over twenty countries in Europe and around the world. This humanist story of an unlikely love affair set against a holocaust has become an internationally acclaimed phenomenon, worthy of comparison with the work of Graham Greene and Albert Camus. The swimming pool of the Mille-Collines hotel, Kigali, in the early 1990s, draws a regular crowd of assorted aid workers, strutting Rwandan officials, Belgian businessmen, French paratroops and Canadian expats. Among them is Bernard Valcourt, a documentary filmmaker from Quebec, on a mission to set up a television station in the capital. Valcourt, who for two decades has earned his living from wars and famines, lingers around the pool drinking warm beer and watching football; but most of all, watching Gentille, a beautiful young waitress, who is a Hutu but often mistaken for a Tutsi because of her family’s strange history. The trouble coming stems from a long conflict, instigated in colonial times by Whites who treated Tutsis as superior to Hutus. The Hutu government is now openly encouraging violence against Tutsis. The physical traits of the Tutsis make them easy prey, but they are not the only ones in danger. Too many people are already dying in Rwanda daily: of AIDS, of malaria, and increasingly at roadblocks at the hands of drunken militia, or pulled from their homes. The hotel staff and prostitutes sense trouble and death drawing closer as they continue providing drinks and meals and sex. The story of this developing catastrophe is revealed through the lives of a handful of Rwandans who befriend Valcourt. They confide in him because he listens, and because his interviews offer them a chance to try to change the way things are by telling the world. Their candour and warmth begin to make his heart glow. He meets people like Méthode, who knows a bloodbath is brewing and would rather die of AIDS in the comfort of a hotel room than by a machete. Threatened, frightened, sick, they don’t want to talk and act like they’re dying. Poor as they are, they want to have some moments of pleasure and celebrate life. As Kigali life continues in its resourcefulness and persistence, Valcourt is falling in love with Rwanda, and with Gentille, who loves him because he sees her as no-one has seen her before. Even as the worst horrors begin, as friends are raped and murdered, he starts to feel a strange peace in this land of a thousand hills, though he repudiates the outside world for its failure to intervene. Because Gentille is thought to be Tutsi, her life is in danger. Still, no-one can believe that the extremists will go too far, that brothers and sisters will kill brothers and sisters, and that 800,000 civilians will be massacred. A hard-hitting chronicle of an overlooked chapter of recent history, told with skill and compassion, A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali is also a celebration of living in the moment, of the integrity of friendship and the courage of everyday heroes. Harrowing, unsettling, challenging, but beautiful and moving, it is a book that cannot leave the reader untouched; as a Quill & Quire reviewer said, it is “full of real people that demand to be remembered.”

Autumn Rounds

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Genre Fiction
Author Jacques Poulin
Isbn 1953861075
File size 1274 kb
Year 2021-11-02
Pages 198
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Etta and Otto and Russell and James

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Genre Fiction
Author Emma Hooper
Isbn 0143194313
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Year 2015-01-13
Pages 320
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Eighty-two-year-old Etta has never seen the ocean. So early one morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots, and begins walking the 3,232 kilometers from Saskatchewan to Halifax. Her husband Otto wakes to a note left on the kitchen table. I will try to remember to come back, Etta writes. Otto has seen the ocean, having crossed the Atlantic years ago to fight in a far-away war, so he understands. But with Etta gone, the memories come crowding in. The only way to keep them at bay is to keep his hands busy. Russell, raised as a brother to Otto, has loved Etta from afar for sixty years. He insists on finding Etta, wherever she’s gone. Leaving his farm will be the first act of defiance in his whole life. As Etta walks toward the ocean - accompanied by a coyote named James - memory, illusion, and reality blur. Like the gentle undulation of waves, Etta and Otto and Russell and James moves from a past filled with hunger, war, passion, and hope to a present of quiet industry and peaceful communion; from trying to remember to trying to forget. A beautiful novel that reminds us that it’s never too late to see the things you’ve longed to see, or to say the things you’ve longed to say.

Waiting for Bojangles

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Genre Fiction
Author Olivier Bourdeaut
Isbn 1501145924
File size 336 kb
Year 2019-03-19
Pages 176
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An “oddball fairy tale” (The New York Times)—shortlisted for one of France’s highest literary prizes—a dark, funny, and wholly charming novel about a young boy and his eccentric family, who grapple with the realities of mental illness in unique and whimsical ways. A young boy lives with his madcap parents, Louise and George, and an exotic bird in a Parisian apartment, where the unopened mail rises in a tower by the door and his parents dance each night to Nina Simone’s mellifluous classic “Mister Bojangles.” As his mother, mesmerizing and unpredictable, descends deeper into her own mind, it is up to the boy and his father to keep her safe—and, when that fails, happy. Fleeing Paris for a country home in Spain, they come to understand that some of the most radiant people bear the heaviest burdens. Told from the perspective of a young boy who idolizes his parents—and from George’s journals, detailing his epic love story with his wife—Waiting for Bojangles is a “lighthearted and yet sorrowful tale” (San Francisco Chronicle) that will stay with you long after the final page.

Autopsy of a Boring Wife

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Genre Fiction
Author Marie-Renee Lavoie
Isbn 1487004621
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Year 2019-03-12
Pages 280
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Like a Québécois Bridget Jones’s Diary, Marie-Renée Lavoie’s Autopsy of a Boring Wife tells the hysterically funny and ultimately touching tale of forty-eight-year-old Diane, a woman whose husband leaves her and is having an affair because, he says, she bores him. Diane takes the charge to heart and undertakes an often ribald, highly entertaining journey to restoring trust in herself and others that is at the same time an astute commentary on women and girls, gender differences, and the curious institution of marriage in the twenty-first century. All the details are up for scrutiny in this tender, brisk story of the path to recovery. Autopsy of a Boring Wife is a wonderfully fresh and engaging novel of the pitfalls and missteps of an apparently “boring” life that could be any of ours.

Ride the Fire

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Genre Fiction
Author Pamela Clare
Isbn 1101619082
File size 1913 kb
Year 2013-02-05
Pages 352
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Sometimes survival isn’t just about staying alive… Widowed and alone on the frontier, Elspeth Stewart will do whatever it takes to protect herself and her unborn child from the dangers of the wilderness and of men. Though her youthful beauty doesn’t show it, she is broken and scarred from the way men have treated her. So when a stranger wanders onto Bethie’s land, wounded and needing her aid, she takes no risks, tying him to the bed and hiding his weapons before ministering to his injuries. But Bethie’s defenses cannot keep Nicholas Kenleigh from breaking down her emotional walls. The scars on his body speak of a violent past, but his gentleness, warmth, and piercing eyes arouse longings in her that she never imagined she had. As Nicholas and Bethie reveal to each other both their hidden desires and their tortured secrets, they discover that riding the flames of their passion might be the key to burning away the nightmares of their pasts.

The Coral Bride

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Genre Fiction
Author Roxanne Bouchard
Isbn 1913193330
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Year 2020-08-12
Pages 300
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In this beautiful, lyrical sequel to the critically acclaimed We Were the Salt of the Sea, Detective MoralÈs finds that a seemingly straightforward search for a missing fisherwoman off Quebec's GaspÉ Peninsula is anything but ... 'Wonderfully atmospheric ... I genuinely couldn't put this book down' Gill Paul 'You might want to grab this release if you've read everything by Louise Penny and need more Quebecois noir to feed your crime-loving tendencies' Crime Fiction Lover _________________ When an abandoned lobster trawler is found adrift off the coast of Quebec's GaspÉ Peninsula, DS Joaquin MoralÈs begins a straightforward search for the boat's missing captain, Angel Roberts – a rare female in a male-dominated world. But MoralÈs finds himself blocked at every turn – by his police colleagues, by fisheries bureaucrats, and by his grown-up son, who has turned up at his door with a host of his own personal problems. When Angel's body is finally discovered, it's clear something very sinister is afoot, and MoralÈs and son are pulled into murky, dangerous waters, where old resentments run deep. Exquisitely written, with Bouchard's trademark lyrical prose, The Coral Bride evokes the power of the sea on the communities who depend on it, the never-ending struggle between the generations, and an extraordinary mystery at the heart of both. _________________ Praise for Roxanne Bouchard: 'Colourful, authentic characters with the kind of flavour that can only be inspired by real locals. So good it'll make you want to pack your bags and drive straight to the seaside' Journal de MontrÉal 'Lyrical and elegiac, full of quirks and twists' William Ryan 'Asks questions right from page one' Quentin Bates 'An isolated Canadian fishing community, a missing mother, and some lovely prose. Very impressed by this debut so far' Eva Dolan 'A tour de force of both writing and translation' Su Bristow 'The translation from French has retained a dreamily poetic cast to the language, but it's det-fic for all that, as DS Joaquin Morales, transplanted from balmy Mexican shores to a remote Quebecois fishing community, investigates a woman's death at sea. This is the first book by Bouchard, renowned Canadian playwright and author, to be translated into English' Sunday Times 'Characters are well-drawn, from MoralÈs, the cop, and his sturdy inspector, MarlÈne, to the husky fishermen who were Marie's devoted suitors three decades ago. There's a comic element: the chef at the bistro, a mine of misleading information; the alcoholic priest who was never ordained - and the appalling undertaker who was once a used-car salesman and never forgot the spiel ... An exotic curiosity, raw nugget' Shots Mag

Kuessipan

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Genre Fiction
Author Naomi Fontaine
Isbn 1551525186
File size 809 kb
Year 2013-09-16
Pages 144
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Kuessipan is an extraordinary, meditative novel about life among the Native Innu people of northeast Quebec. With the grace and perfect pitch, author Naomi Fontaine (herself an Innu) conjures up a world that reads like no other, and a community—of nomadic hunters and fishers, of mothers and children—who endure a harsh and sometimes cruel reality with quiet dignity.

History of Quebec For Dummies

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Genre History
Author Éric Bédard
Isbn 1118439740
File size 440 kb
Year 2013-05-30
Pages 384
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Grasp the unique history of Quebec? Easy. Packing in equal parts fun and facts, History of Quebec ForDummies is an engaging and entertaining guide to the history ofCanada's second-largest province, covering the conflicts, cultures,ideas, politics, and social changes that have shaped Quebec as weknow it today. "My country isn't a country, it is winter!" sings the poetGilles Vigneault . . . Indeed, Quebec is winter, snow, cold, andfreezing winds. It is also the majestic river Saint-Laurent and itsnumerous confluences across America. It is vast, dense forests,countless lakes, magnificent landscapes of Saguenay, Charlevoix,Côte-Nord, or Gaspésie. Quebec is also the "old capital"perched on the Cape Diamond facing the sea. It is Montreal, thefirst French city of North America, the creative and innovativemetropolis, junction for different cultures and heart of a nationyearning to belong to the world's history. History of Quebec ForDummies tells Quebec's fascinating story from the early fifteenhundreds to the present, highlighting the culture, language, andtraditions of Canada's second-largest province. Serves as the ideal starting place to learn about Quebec Covers the latest, up-to-the-minute findings in historicalresearch Explores the conflicts, cultures, ideas, politics, and socialchanges in Quebec Lifelong learners and history buffs looking for afun-yet-factual introduction to the grand scope of Quebec historywill find everything they need in History of Quebec ForDummies.

Arvida

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Genre Fiction
Author Samuel Archibald
Isbn 1771960434
File size 442 kb
Year 2015-09-22
Pages 300
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Finalist for the 2015 Giller Prize Finalist for the 2016 Best Translated Book Award One of Quill & Quire’s Books of the Year, 2015 A twenty-five-thousand-copy bestseller in Quebec, Arvida, with its stories of innocent young girls and wild beasts, attempted murder and ritual mutilation, haunted houses and road trips heading nowhere, is unforgettable. Like a Proust-obsessed Cormac McCarthy, Samuel Archibald's portrait of his hometown, a model town design by American industrialist Arthur Vining Davis, does for Quebec's North what William Faulkner did for the South, and heralds an important new voice in world literature. Samuel Archibald teaches contemporary popular culture at the University of Quebec in Montreal, where he lectures on genre fiction, horror movies, and video games, among other subjects.

Grandfather and the Moon

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Genre Juvenile Fiction
Author Stéphanie Lapointe
Isbn 1554989639
File size 341 kb
Year 2017-05-01
Pages 100
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This moving graphic novel tells the story of the affection between a girl and her grandfather. When the grandfather withdraws in grief after his wife dies, the girl is determined to live life fully herself and enters an extraordinary contest — the result is a sensitive portrayal of pursuing a dream. Grandfather, a man of few words, is devastated when his beloved wife succumbs to cancer, and he sinks into depression. His granddaughter (“Mémère,” as he calls her) has a different response. She decides to enter the Who Will Go to the Moon Contest, and when she actually wins, she hopes that Grandfather will be proud of her. She embarks on the thrilling journey and at first it is wonderful, but just as she is about to reach the moon, her journey takes an unexpected turn. Written by Stéphanie Lapointe and beautifully illustrated by Rogé, this imaginative graphic novel explores intergenerational relationships, love, death, dreams and illusions.

Le fétiche des anges

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Genre Fiction
Author Adolphe Pakoua
Isbn 2296228798
File size 742 kb
Year 2009-06-01
Pages 176
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Ce roman évoque la vie quotidienne de Mory Woro, fonctionnaire civil précipité dans le couloir de la retraite, et le climat particulier d'une époque où seule l'espérance semble être la pilule salvatrice d'un monde accablé par la manipulation, la pénurie et le dénuement. Mais à côté de ces calamités, il y a l'amour, un amour immense, qui lie Mory Woro à son épouse, la solidarité et l'amitié, une affection que la réalité de l'exercice de l'autorité va fortement ébranler ...

The Island of Books

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Genre Fiction
Author Dominique Fortier
Isbn 1770564713
File size 1096 kb
Year 2016-11-08
Pages 176
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A fifteenth-century portrait painter, grieving the untimely death of his unrequited love, takes refuge at the monastery at Mont Saint-Michel, an island off the coast of France. He haunts the halls until the monks assign him the task of copying manuscripts – though he is illiterate. His work heals him and grows the monastery's library into a beautiful city of books, all under the shadow of the invention of the printing press. Dominique Fortier is an editor and translator living in Montreal. She is the author of five books, including On the Proper Use of Stars and Wonder. Rhonda Mullins is an award-winning translator and writer living in Montreal, Quebec.