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Wednesday, 10 March 2010

The Fish Launch!


Launch for Dean Garlick's: The Fish
Monday, March 15th 7-10pm

I'm always excited when recognizing authors as customers and vice-versa. That's why I'm very stoked to tell you about Dean Garlick who will be launching his first book The Fish here at Librairie D+Q next week. When I spoke with Dean to arrange the launching his book, his face was instantly familiar - he's been shopping here for years! In fact our conversation took place while I sold him a copy of Believer Magazine!

Hope to see you there.

About the book:
Patrick Kaye thinks he’s taking a harmless Caribbean cruise, a well-earned escape from his day-to-day life as an addictions counsellor. What he gets instead is a near-death experience that lands him in the belly of a mythological beast—the very same creature that swallowed Jonah. Inside, he encounters a confounding world populated by a host of colourful residents: a 19th-century British gentleman, a pre-Christian Icelandic shaman, a survivor of the biblical flood, a Ukrainian prostitute, an Asian American stock market analyst, a Maori warrior and a sadistic little girl, to list a few. The Fish explores currents of contemporary existence in a realm where the brutality of history is ever-present and the will to exist is the only thing keeping a person from fading into nothingness. Can Patrick accept this new reality? Can he right the wrongs he sees around him? Or will the call of the outside world offer enough hope to send him searching for a way home? The Fish is lavishly illustrated with engaging B&W illustrations by artist Erik Volet.

About the Author:
Dean Garlick is an educator and writer living in Montreal. Fantastical permutations of reality abound in his work as a response to his characters' frustrations with the absurdity and struggle of everyday existence, but they have nothing whatsoever to do with his real life. Nothing. He is excited by the possibilities presented by illustrated fiction, especially the potential to explore multiple, non-parallel modes of narrative within a single piece.

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