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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Tonight: Heather O'Neill Launches Daydreams of Angels!

Join us at the Librairie tonight at 7 p.m. for the launch of Heather O'Neill's new short story collection, Daydreams of Angels! She will have an on-stage conversation with fellow Montreal writer Anna Leventhal. This is a free event. There will be refreshments, and books for sale and signing!

Heather O’Neill’s unforgettable novels, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Lullabies for Little Criminals, captured readers with their disarming characters and irreverent descriptions of life on Montreal’s St. Laurent Boulevard. Here, O’Neill’s voice takes flight in a collection of original stories that evoke sorrow, laughter and heartbreak. From the story of a na├»ve cult follower in the Holy Dove Parade; to Jesus’s struggle to make friends in elementary school; to the story of generations of failed Nureyev clones in a secret Soviet experiment; to a selection of favourite radio-featured Grandfather stories, these fable-like tales surprise and delight at every page, showing once again that Heather O’Neill is a remarkable talent and among our best, most inventive writers.

Photo by Julia C. Vona

Heather O'Neill is the author of The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, which was a finalist for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her first novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, was winner of CBC’s Canada Reads and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. It was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize. O’Neill is a regular contributor to CBC Books, CBC Radio, This American Life, The New York Times, The Gazette, and The Walrus, and will have a monthly column in The Globe and Mail starting January 2015. She was born in Montreal, where she currently lives.

Photo by Isabelle Lafontaine

Anna Leventhal's acclaimed short story collection Sweet Affliction (Invisible Publishing) won the Quebec Writers' Federation Concordia University First Book Prize and was named one of the best books of 2014 by the CBC. Her writing has appeared in Geist, Matrix, Maisonneuve, The Montreal Review of Books, and several short fiction anthologies. She was nominated for the Journey Prize, won a Quebec Writing Competition award, and was shortlisted for a Canada Writes award. She lives in Montreal.

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