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Monthly Update for December

Thank you so much for signing up to our newsletter. This is the first edition of the Québec Reads newsletter in a new, monthly format.

While we post on Twitter and Facebook (and even Google+) every time a new article comes out, this is your chance to hear from us no more than once a month... without missing a thing. (We figured it might be more helpful than just sending you an email for every new article once a week.)

In the months ahead, this newsletter will also contain exclusive excerpts and translations that aren't on Facebook, Twitter, or It will recap the books we've been looking at over the past few weeks, and look ahead to what's coming up in the near future. There will even be giveaways! :)

So thank you for following and helping us spread the word about the great writing that's coming out of Québec!

All the best,

Peter McCambridge
Québec Reads Editor



From Dachau, he had brought back the perfume of death. The smell stuck to his skin until he had become one with it.”
Eric Dupont, La Fiancée americaine (Marchand de feuilles, 2012). Pictured above.

Latest Articles

Chercher Sam is a simple novel, a novel of the street, written in the language of the street. It is simple, but not simplistic, instead adding depth and interest to the character we most often ignore, the one we try not to talk to, the one we walk by, the one we don’t want to touch: the homeless guy in the street with his dog.

Despite what the title may have you believe, Serafim and Claire is no love story. It is a novel about rash decisions, about the interconnectedness of our lives, and about chasing dreams. But there is a sweetness to the story, a redemptive quality to its end. It is the kind of novel that keeps you up with the bedside lamp on until the last page is turned.

Frères is a reflection of our own familiar world in a distorting mirror, a world of “monstrous creatures, bigger than anything they could imagine, two-headed fish, turtles with shells as huge as islands, whales with mouths big enough to swallow whole cities,” all seen through the eyes of two brothers, the elder missing an arm, the younger fashioned by his mother from that arm so that his sibling would not have to face the cruel world alone.

Coming up...

We'll be taking a break for the Holidays soon, returning in January with reviews of Les peaux cassées (Richard Dallaire, Alto), a short story from Death Sentences (Cassidy Hildebrand's translation from Suzanne Myre's Mises à mort, University of Ottawa Press), and an interview or two.


If you would like to get in touch with an idea about a review or translation, we'd love to hear from you.

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