TONIGHT: Marianne Ackerman launches Holy Fools + 2 Stories

Join us tonight, Wednesday, October 1st at 7 p.m. to celebrate the launch of Montreal writer and store friend Marianne Ackerman's new book, Holy Fools + 2 Stories!

"The characters in Holy Fools + 2 Stories are humble people who may seem mad. Burdened by delusion. Driven by irrational goals. They take action and are caught up in the web of events, carried to unfamiliar shores that may or may not denote salvation. There is no message. I just wanted to write about the dear human spirit, swimming against a crazy world."

– Marianne Ackerman

Advance praise:

Marianne Ackerman writes with precision, power, and purpose. As she weaves her wonderful stories, her perfect words and sentences leave a mark on the reader. This is exquisite storytelling.
– Terry Fallis, novelist, winner of CBC Canada Reads

Holy Fools is wild. From the opening few lines, it’s fresh and original, full of twists and turns I never saw coming.

– John Goddard, author of Inside the Museums

Marianne Ackerman was born in Belleville, Ontario and grew up on a farm in Prince Edward County. She was educated at Carleton University (BA, Political Science 1976), University of Toronto (MA, Drama 1981) and the Sorbonne. She has lived in Montreal since 1980, with the exception of a seven-year stint in the South of France.

Her four published plays, written in the 1990s, deal with Quebec history, the transformative power of art and the nature of freedom. The bilingual L’Affaire Tartuffe, or the Garrison Officers Rehearse Molière was presented in Montreal, Sherbrooke and Toronto. Her new play, a comedy called Triplex Nervosa, will be part of the Centaur Theatre’s 2014-15 season.

Her three published novels, Jump (2000), Matters of Hart (2005) and Piers’ Desire (2010) explore contemporary familial tensions: political and personal independence; the meaning of brotherhood; the redemptive power of sex. She is working on a fourth novel, The Devil’s Vineyard, a contemporary story about the literary world, heritage and family politics, set in Prince Edward County and Toronto.

An award-winning theatre critic, playwright, novelist and journalist, she is founder and publisher of The Rover, an on-line review of culture and art at

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