Next week's events: Mark Frutkin & Peter Dubé double launch + Scrivener Creative Review launch!

This coming week brings us two exciting events!

On Thursday, October 18 at 7pm, we will be hosting at double book launch with Peter Dubé and Mark Frutkin. Both writers will give readings! There will be refreshments!

Mark Frutkin will be launching A Message for the Emperor, published by Montreal's own Véhicule Press:
This is a unique novel of old China, the traditional landscape of mountains and rivers without end, and life in an imperial city rife with plots, intrigues, culture, sensuality and wealth. Li Wen, a landscape painter of the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD), is on a journey to deliver a message to the Chinese Emperor. His teacher has instructed him to paint four landscapes, one for each season, during the year it will take him to travel across China to the Emperor’s Court where he is to present the paintings to the Emperor as a long-life gift. A series of gripping adventures befall Li Wen on his journey, including burial in an ancient tomb and a snowstorm that nearly ends his quest. (from Véhicule Press)

“I loved A Message for the Emperor. The prose is sleek, restrained, flawless. There's research in there but you'd never know it. Frutkin seems to have inhaled ancient China and exhaled a parable of the artist. –Katherine Govier

"A Message for the Emperor is Mark Frutkin's best book since Fabrizio's Return." —The Ottawa Citizen

Mark Frutkin has published seven books of fiction, one work of nonfiction and three books of poetry.
His novel Fabrizio’s Return [Knopf Canada] won the 2006 Trillium Award and was shortlisted for Commonwealth Writers Prize.He lives in Ottawa.

Peter Dubé will be launching The City's Gates, published by Toronto's Cormorant Books:
Montreal is gearing up for the World Economic Forum. On one side are those preparing to welcome the policymakers and moneylenders; on the other are groups ready to protest the evils of capitalism and globalization. Caught in the middle is Lee Atwater, who is tasked with investigating a string of bizarre incidents connected to the Economic Forum. His journey introduces him to "the disaffected but affectionate": groups like CARP (Coalition Against Rapacious Profiteering); The Mals, who fetishize style to protect their substance; and The Band, worshippers of conflict and violence in the purest sense. The more time Lee spends with these remarkable and frightening people, the more his own seemingly directionless life comes into focus.(from Cormorant Books)

"A philosophical, metafictional work whose form is as quirky as its characters." —Montreal Review of Books

Peter Dubé is a freelance writer, translator, art critic, and cultural journalist. A former president of the Quebec Writers' Federation, his previously published works include Hovering World (2002), At the Bottom of the Sky (2007), and Subtle Bodies (2010). Dubé resides in Montreal. We have done events with him before, and are delighted to be doing another!

Then, on Friday, October 19 at 7pm, we will be hosting the launch for the latest Scrivener Creative Review!

Scrivener Creative Review is a 30-year-old, international literary review run out of McGill University, dedicated to the publication of new and dynamic fiction, poetry, reviews, illustration and photography. The Review is happy to announce the launch of its new website and first-ever online issue. The evening promises readings, wine and celebration!

Since this is a launch for the online issues, you can't browse their website quite yet - however, they do have this lovely tumblr, which is now distracting me from my to-do list! :

We always feel lucky to be able to support and be involved in a range of Montreal literary endeavours - from university literary reviews to indie publishers to local writers' books and projects, and so this week's event line-up is very exciting! We hope you'll join us for these two promising soirées!

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