TONIGHT: Launch of Ex-Yu by Josif Novakovich with guest: Samuel Archibald

Join us Tonight Thursday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. for the launch of Ex-Yu by Josip Novakovich with special guest Samuel Archibald, author of Arvida

The evening will be hosted by Dimitri Nasrallah editor of Esplanade Books.

Josip Novakovich was a finalist for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize. He has published the novel, April Fool’s Day, three short story collections including Infidelities, and four collections of narrative essays. He has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He teaches Creative Writing at Concordia University, Montreal.

Short story writer, novelist and essayist Josip Novakovich returns with his first collection of stories since being named a finalist for the prestigious 2013 Man Booker International Prize. In Ex-Yu, he explores the major themes of war and exile, of religiosity and existentialism, that have defined his fiction and earned him a place among the pantheon of international writers addressing contemporary literature’s most pressing questions. Masterpieces such “Honey in the Carcase”, “White Mustache”, and “Acorns”, unflinching in their humanity and realism, take us into the brutal despair of the Bosnian War. In between, dry humour and world-weary wisdom infuse such exile preoccupations as soccer, terrorism, and cigarettes. Taken together, this latest collection comprises a bravely intelligent mosaic of what it means to be torn from one’s country and one’s self.

Samuel Archibald's debut collection of short fiction, Arvida (Éditions Le Quartanier, 2011), won Quebec's Prix Des Libraries 2012 and Prix Coup de Coeur Renaud-Bray 2012. He currently teaches contemporary popular culture at the University of Quebec in Montreal, where he lectures on genre fiction, horror movies, and video games, among other subjects.

Like a Proust-obsessed Cormac McCarthy, Samuel Archibald's portrait of his hometown is filled with innocent children and wild beasts, attempted murder and ritual mutilation, haunted houses and road tips to nowhere, bad men and mysterious women. Gothic, fantastical, and incandescent, filled with stories of everyday wonder and terror, longing and love, Arvida explores the line which separates memory from story, and heralds the arrival of an important new voice. Translated from the French by Donald Winkler.

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