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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Recap: Sarah Gerard's launch for Binary Star

On Wednesday, February 4th, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly was pleased to welcome Sarah Gerard for the Montreal launch of her new novel, Binary Star.

First, Sarah read several passages from the book. Her reading perfectly complemented the frenetic pace of the narrative. The audience was riveted as she brought to life the two main characters: an anorexic young woman studying astronomy, and her alcoholic, long-distance boyfriend, as they go on a cross-country road trip.

Sarah was joined on stage by Montreal author Jacob Wren (Polyamorous Love Song, Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed) for a conversation following her reading. Jacob asked Sarah for some background about the work, and she explained that it sprung from an article she published about her own recovery from anorexia. She had a desire to break from the traditional anorexia memoir, and rather create a piece of fiction removing any kind of glamour around the disease. As such, she chose to write in a frenzied, rapid, disorganized way, stemming from her own anxiety.

Next, Sarah fielded questions from the attendees. Topics ranged from anorexia as a metaphor for North American consumer culture, anarcho-veganism, astronomy, fiction vs. reality, dysfunctional relationships, etc. We would like to thank Sarah and Jacob, as well as all of the folks who braved the February cold to join us for the launch. Sarah kindly signed some copies of Binary Star, so if you missed the event, not to worry - you can still pick up a signed book here at the store.

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