Feb 7th at 7pm : Heather O'Neill launches The Lonely Hearts Hotel

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly 10th Anniversary Reading Series

Heather O'Neill launches THE LONELY HEARTS HOTEL
in conversation with Laurel Sprengelmeyer

Tuesday February 7th, 2017
Doors open at 6pm.  Presentation at 7pm
The Rialto Hall (5723 ave du parc)
Tickets available online or in store
$5 or free with in store book purchase

Join us on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. for the launch of Heather O’Neill’s latest, exquisitely imagined and hypnotically told novel: The Lonely Hearts Hotel.

Set in the early part of the 20th Century, it is an unparalleled tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose fortune hinges on the price of a kiss. In a landscape like this, it takes great creative gifts to escape one's origins. It might also take true love. 

Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1910. Before long, their true talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing for the rich, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen. Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both escape into the city's underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. Vicious, absurd and perverse, Montreal in the 1920's is no place for song and dance. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes—after years of searching, and desperate poverty—the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they'll go to extreme lengths to make them come true. After Rose, Pierrot and their troupe of clowns and chorus girls hit the stage and the alleys, the underworld will never look the same.

HEATHER O’NEILL is a Canadian novelist, poet, short-story writer, screenwriter and essayist. Lullabies for Little Criminals, her debut novel, was published in 2006 to international critical acclaim and won Canada Reads. It was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has since published the novel The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and the short story collection Daydreams of Angels, both of which were shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in consecutive years. The collection was also shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic and won the Danuta Gleed Award. Born and raised in Montreal, O’Neill lives there today with her daughter.

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