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New books by Montreal authors to watch out for this fall


Fall is the perfect time to cuddle up with a good book, a cozy blanket and a pumpkin spice beverage and this year is no exception. With a bevy of new books coming out by Montreal writers, there’s never been a better time to tuck into a good read.

In A House Without Spirits, writer David Homel delivers reclusive artists, disaffecte­d life partners, wandering ghosts and cult-affiliated nuns in a contempora­ry Montreal noir.

The book, which was published Sept. 21 by Esplanade Books, tells the story of what happens when a writer is hired to tell the story of a local photograph­er and begins to take a closer look into his own life.

The author of nine novels, a memoir and a series of books for younger readers co-written with Marie-louise Gay, Homel has also worked in documentar­y film, print and radio journalism. Véhicule Press is launching the book Sept. 29 at 7 p.m., at Salon B, above Memoria on St-laurent Blvd.

Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore is presenting the launch of Shaf and the Remington by Rana Bose on Sept. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m., in associatio­n with Baraka Books.

Set in the fictitious town of Sabzic, the book tells the personal stories of Ben and Shaf while exploring themes of war and interethni­c harmony. Admission is free, and refreshmen­ts will be served.

Coming out Oct. 1 and published by The University of Alberta Press, We Have Never Lived On Earth by Kasia Van Schaik, follows the journey of Charlotte Ferrier, a child of divorce raised by a single mother in a small town in British Columbia after moving from South Africa.

“To steal a phrase from the great Alice Munro, these stories are ‘autobiogra­phical in feeling,’ but not always in fact,” says Van Schaik.

“Made up of overheard conversati­ons, memory fragments, travel-logs and conversati­ons with strangers, the overlappin­g stories explore the constraint­s facing young women at the beginning of the 21st century, which include the feminist backlash of the 1990s and early 2000s and the growing recognitio­n of climate disaster.”

Ann-marie Macdonald’s first new novel in eight years, Fayne, which is being released Oct. 11 by Knopf Canada, is about a young woman growing up in the 19th century on a vast and lonely estate. After finding a mysterious artifact, she begins to explore her own family’s secret history, as well as her own identity.

Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore will be presenting Macdonald in conversati­on with Eda Holmes at Victoria Hall, in associatio­n with The Westmount Public Library and Penguin Random House Canada, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and are available for purchase at www.paragraphb­ or by calling (514) 845-5811.

Published posthumous­ly by Mcclelland & Stewart, A Ballet of Lepers, by local darling Leonard Cohen, is coming out Oct. 11.

Written between 1956 and 1961, long before the world tours, Grammy awards and chart-topping albums, the pieces in this collection include a novel, fifteen stories and a playscript and offer startling insight into Cohen’s imaginatio­n and creative process, exploring themes that would permeate his later work.

Red Zone: From the Offensive Line to the Front Line of the Pandemic, by Laurent Duvernay-tardif, takes readers inside Duvernay-tardif’s life as he grappled with his roles as a medical profession­al and an NFL football player during the pandemic.

Slated for release Oct. 18 by Collins, the book also reveals his personal story growing up in his family’s bakery in Montreal, as well as the work ethic that led to his profession­al sports career and medical profession.

Also on Oct. 18, Drawn and Quarterly is releasing a collection of Geneviève Castrée’s work, entitled Geneviève Castrée: Complete Works 1981-2016. A foundation­al figure in the 1990s undergroun­d Quebec comics scene, Castrée was a highly influentia­l comic artist and musician.

A few days later, on Oct. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m., Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore is hosting a book launch in associatio­n with Second Story Press, for Whale Fall by Ann Lambert. The third book in the Russell and Leduc mystery series, the book is a tale of love, vengeance and climate justice.

Finally, the 45th edition of the Salon du Livre de Montréal is being held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, from Nov. 23 to 27, 2022.

Authors, publishers and readers will have the opportunit­y to get together for this annual book fair. There will be book signing sessions, round table discussion­s and other events for readers to meet their favourite authors.

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PHOTO SUPPLIED Salon du Livre de Montréal is being held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, from Nov. 23 to 27, 2022.

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