TONIGHT! 7pm Daniel Canty Launches Wigrum!

Author Daniel Canty, translator Oana Avasilichioaei, illustrator Estela Lopez Solis and book designer Raphael Daudelin are the collaborative team behind the new "inventory novel," Wigrum. Tonight, October 10th at 7 p.m. the four of them will read from and talk about the book in an interactive evening led by Genevieve Robichaud, Reviews Editor of Lemon Hound. 

With its traces of Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, and Georges Perec, Daniel Canty’s Wigrum explores the limits of the postmodern novel. Having absorbed the logic of lists and the principles of classification systems, the Wigrumian narrative teeters on the boundary between fact and fiction, on the uncertain edge of the real and the unreal. 

Daniel Canty is a writer and film director living in Montreal who works in literature, film, and new media. His first book, Êtres artificiels (Liber,1997), is a history of automata in American literature. From 2002 to 2005, he co-directed the poetry magazine C’est selon. To date, three collections have been published: Cité selon (2006), on the city; La table des matières (2007), on eating; and Le livre de chevet (2009), on sleeping. The graphic excellence of these books has been recognized with multiple awards. Canty also directed, with artist Dana Velan, Nor (2004), an art book on the “ideas of north” of twenty-eight Canadian artists and writers. Canty’s 2011 novel Wigrum is the culmination of a project that began on the web in 1998.

Oana Avasilichioaei is a poet, translator, and editor whose poetry collections include We, Beasts (winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry) and feria: a poempark. She has translated the work of Romanian poet Nichita Stanescu and Quebecois writer Louise Cotnoir. 

Raphaël Daudelin founded Feed in 1999 with Anouk Pennel. Specializing in branding, publishing and typeface design, the studio’s work, benefiting from a simple and straightforward approach, has garnered numerous awards, been the subject of conferences and exhibits, and has been published internationally. Their collaboration with Daniel Canty started in 2005 with Cité Selon, the first title of the series published under the name La table des matières. In this series they have been working closely exploring the way content can influence the design of a book.

Estela Lopez Solis was born in Mexico in 1978. Her works have been presented in galleries in Mexico, Canada, France and the United States. Her work has received several awards, including the prize for painting Efrain Vargas (Mexico, 2005 edition). Her illustrations are featured in several books, including poet Stephanie Bolster's White Stone: Poems of Alice (Editions Chillwind 2007) and Wigrum, by Daniel Canty (Talonbooks 2013).

Geneviève Robichaud composes between deux langues: English and Chiac. She holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University and is a PhD candidate at l’Université de Montréal. She is an editor for Lemon Hound.

Thursday, October 10th at 7 pm! 211 Bernard Ouest!

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