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Friday, 10 October 2014

Recap - Marianne Ackerman launches Holy Fools + 2 Stories

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly was pleased to host Marianne Ackerman for the launch of her latest book, Holy Fools + 2 Stories.

Marianne was introduced by Connie Guzzo-McParland of Montreal-founded publiser, Guernica Editions. Connie mentioned that Holy Fools + 2 Stories is very different from Ackerman’s previous work, as she wanted “to reinvent herself.” She also alluded to the author's use of magic realism, and hinted that the book would make a good gift for holidays!

Marianne opened her reading by explaining that she is always intimidated by writing a new novel, because you’re a different person by the time you finish one. She got the idea to write a novella while walking home from a book launch at Jean Talon market, after which she was feeling down. Her former publisher had just folded, and she was ruminating about what would happen if you decided to commit suicide, but got accused of murder instead. Needless to say, the creative seed for the titular story, Holy Fools, was sprouted!

Marianne read excerpts from Holy Fools, piquing the interest of everyone in the crowd with the story of Peter, the 29-year-old protagonist who decides to try to solve the murder for which he was wrongfully convicted.


She also mentioned an upcoming "Canadian Gothic" novel dealing largely with “sex, religion, and liquor – otherwise my adolescence.” Can't go wrong with such a holy trinity of themes!
After the reading, the crowd stayed to chat over snacks and wine. We would like to thank Connie and Marianne, as well as all of the attendees for making the evening so enjoyable. If you weren't able to make it to the launch, Holy Fools + Stories is available in store.

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