Rawi Hage launches Carnival

Last week we had the pleasure of joining forces with House of Anansi Press to launch Carnival, Rawi Hage's new, already award-winning, novel. The Bar with No Name (5295 Avenue du Parc, someone let me know if it's been named yet) was packed with a crowd of attentive friends and fans - that's a great crowd shot up there, if I've ever seen one!

Below are pictures of the "classy, entertaining, moving" evening! (says @NishaColeman on Twitter, and I agree!) We were treated with champagne and snacks, but more importantly, by readings from Rawi's book by a slew of special guests: Jesh Hanspal, Julian Samuel (pictured below),... 

 Edith Werbel: 

Store-friend and author of Dogs at the Perimeter, the delightful Madeleine Thien:

And Rawi Hage himself!

Closing the evening was musician Amir Amiri, whose music was so beautiful and mesmerizing that I forgot to take pictures, sorry! But head over to his website, you'll be able to listen to his work for yourself! 

Carnival has been shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Quebec Writers' Federation Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. To read more about about the book, I suggest you check out what the Gazette has to say about it, and then come grab your copy at the store! Thanks everyone for coming, it was a blast!

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