From Yan Liang: Q & A with JJ Lee   > read more...

Monday 21 November 2011

JJ Lee is the author of GG-award nominated non-fiction book The Measure of a Man: A Father, A Son, and a Suit.

From Sophie Legrand : Q & A with Katherine Govier   > read more...

Tuesday 15 November 2011

I think landscape forms character. The people I write about are formed by a particular landscape. Maybe it’s harsh, maybe it’s dangerous, it affects what they are and who they are. I like to go and place myself in those landscapes.

            Katherine Govier in Matsumoto, Japan

From Judith Fitzgerald: Winning ReLits & Righteous Fitz Bitz   > read more...

Friday 11 November 2011

L-R:  Craig Francis Power, Tony Burgess, Dani Couture, and ReLit Founder Kenneth J. Harvery.

ReLit winners show off their rings: (L-R) Craig Francis Power, Tony Burgess, Dani Couture, and ReLit founder Kenneth J. Harvey. (Photograph of ReLit Award recipients © 2011 John W. MacDonald. Used by written permission. All rights reserved. Duplication, reproduction, storage, or transmission of this work in whole or in part in any medium without the express written permission of its copyright holder is strictly forbidden. Just so you know, y'know?)

The Quebec “Nobel” goes to novelist Victor-Lévy Beaulieu   > read more...

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Now 67, VLB is in the process of reissuing his complete works. His plan is to publish 666 copies of each work, seeing that as the number of real readers he can count on in Quebec.

From Helen Lyttelton: Film review – Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive   > read more...

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Ambiguous, evocative and sometimes terrifyingly violent, Drive is worth the watch.

From Ruth Gruenthal: Emma Bovary, Bourgeois Heroine   >

Wednesday 9 November 2011

It is one of my principles that one must not write about oneself. The artist should be like God in creation, invisible and all-powerful; so that one can feel him everywhere, but see him not at all.  -- Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert

Of Shakespeare, Anonymous, and Muriel Spark   >

Friday 4 November 2011

Shakespeare is – let us put it this way – the least English of English writers.
The typical quality of the English is understatement, saying a little less than what you see. In contrast, Shakespeare tended toward the hyperbolic metaphor, and it would come to us as no surprise to learn that Shakespeare had been Italian, or Jewish, for instance.

                                                                                                       -- Jorge Luis Borges 1979

The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. National Portrait Gallery, London.



From Yoko Morgenstern: A Blue Fish   >

Tuesday 1 November 2011

Literary non-fiction from Yoko Morgenstern.

Photo: Danny Stoecker

Poet and psychiatrist Joël des Rosiers wins Quebec’s national literary prize   > read more...

Tuesday 1 November 2011

In addition to being a gifted poet and a practicing psychiatrist, Des Rosiers is a courageous and open-minded gentleman for whom I have great respect. This, as we all know, has nothing much to do with literary merit, most of the time. I mention it because it gives me even more reason to rejoice that Quebec has chosen to celebrate Joël des Rosiers and his work with its highest literary honour.

Doug Gibson's Stories about Storytellers, reviewed by Linda Leith   > read more...

Friday 28 October 2011

My review of Doug Gibson's Stories about Storytellers has just appeared on the Globe Books site and no doubt in the paper tomorrow.

From Yan Liang: Q & A with Norwegian Wood director Tran Anh Hung   > read more...

Wednesday 26 October 2011

"I am a guy who is Vietnamese, living in France, making a Japanese movie. But Vietnamese culture is really deep inside me. Let’s say I enjoy watching Vietnamese women more than others. It’s something like that. I feel that I am a different man when I am in Vietnam compared with France. I feel that I’m not living my life fully in France, I feel as though my life is in suspension. It is not something I dislike, that’s just how it is."

From Guy Tiphane: Letter from San Francisco   >

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Like an earthquake, Litquake is felt through the entire city and what we call the Bay Area.

Much outcry as Australian broadcaster kills popular radio book show   > read more...

Monday 3 October 2011

I will take this opportunity to point to the spectacular example that Australia’s Book Show has set in books coverage on radio – and to lament that fact that we don’t have anything that comes even close to daily books coverage here in Canada.
                                           Ramona Koval, presenter of
                                           The Book Show

Montreal BookCamp   >

Sunday 2 October 2011

Questions about the future of bookstores and libraries soon resulted in bold statements to the effect that “Bookstores will die. It’s a pity, but that’s the reality.” Booksellers fared better in this imagined future, but not by much. To the suggestion that booksellers can continue to play a role in providing advice on books, one participant cracked, “you might have difficulty living on that.” Publishers came in for some dismissive comments, as well, and radio and television got it in the neck.

Changes made to .ll. -- and changes to come   > read more...

Wednesday 28 September 2011

Introducing fiction and poetry in translation into English -- and, in the weeks to come, a new blogue in French.

Not to mention, it's easier than ever to sign up and comment.

Not to mention the books that will follow in the new year.

Photo: Phyllis Papoulias

From Guy Tiphane: Letter from San Francisco   >

Wednesday 28 September 2011

Berkeley Poetry Walk: For Jack Spicer
Photo: Guy Tiphane

Nelly Arcan's Humilation on Tout le monde en parle   > read more...

Tuesday 13 September 2011

Nelly Arcan, the talented and beautiful novelist who committed suicide in September 2009 (see my Globe Books post here) has published a posthumous story called Shame (La Honte) that is creating a stir.

Nelly Arcan on the cover of her second novel Folle

Report from the Future II: Montreal’s Literary Avant-garde   > read more...

Tuesday 13 September 2011

I hate to break this to you, Ladies and Gentlemen – especially if you’re still in denial about the digital revolution – but the literary future includes not only electronic books, but words and images dancing on a screen, with voice and music and other sound effects.

Bertrand Gervais

Report from the Future I: Montreal’s Literary Avant-garde   > read more...

Tuesday 13 September 2011

Letters appear, quickly metamorphose into other letters, creating new words, new meanings, and new stories. A story that might have been set in Brooklyn is transformed on screen into a story about Odessa, and then into another about Berlin.

I catch a line about being “hand in hand on uncertain ground.” It all reminds me of that line of Leonard Cohen’s about a woman “who’s gone and changed her name again.”


                                            as blue as an orange

Nepveu, Mavrikakis, Leblanc: Quebec’s impressive fall literary season   > read more...

Monday 12 September 2011

While the Miron biography is a considerable assessment of the one of the great figures of nationalist Quebec, the publication this month of a new novel by Catherine Mavrikakis is an event, too, and one of the surest signs of vitality among a younger generation of Quebec writers.

And then there's Perrine Leblanc, aged 31.

Catherine Mavrikakis
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