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Friday, 8 July 2016

Tonight at 7pm: Montreal Review of Books launches their 50th Issue!!

Join us to celebrate the launch of the Summer 2016 issue -- the 50th issue of the Montreal Review of Books! The evening will feature readings by three Montreal writers: Alice Zorn will read from her latest novel, FIVE ROSES, Sylvain Neuvel from his debut sci-fi thriller, SLEEPING GIANTS, and Xue Yiwei from his latest collection, SHENZHENERS.

Free admission. Wine and snacks will be served.

Alice Zorn is the author of ARRHYTHMIA and a book of short fiction, RUINS & RELICS, which was a finalist for the 2009 Quebec Writers’ Federation First Book Prize. She has twice placed first in Prairie Fire’s Fiction Contest. She lives in Montreal.

Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India, and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator, though he wishes he were an astronaut. He likes to tinker, dabbles in robotics and is somewhat obsessed with Halloween. He absolutely loves toys; his girlfriend would have him believe that he has too many, so he writes about aliens and giant robots as a blatant excuse to build action figures (for his son, of course).

Xue Yiwei is an award-winning Chinese writer born in Chenzhou and raised in Changsha, in Hunan province. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, an M.A. in English Literature from Université de Montréal, and a Ph. D. in Linguistics from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. He has taught Chinese literature at Shenzhen University and is the author of sixteen books, including four novels -- DESERTION (1989, reissued 2012), DR. BETHUNE'S CHILDREN (2011), FAREWELLS FROM A SHADOW (2013), and EMPTY NEST (2014) -- and five collections of stories. He lives in Montreal. SHENZENERS is his first book to be translated to English; the original collection was named one of the Most Influential Chinese Books of the Year in 2013.

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