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Thursday, 29 March 2018

Véhicule Press's Spring 2018 Launch

On Friday, April 27th, at 7pm, join Véhicule Press for their Spring Books Launch and Reading at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, hosted by editors Carmine Starnino and Dimitri Nasrallah.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:


Originally from New Brunswick, Pamela Mulloy’s short fiction has been published in the UK and Canada. She lives with her husband and daughter in Kitchener, Ontario where she is the editor of The New Quarterly. The Deserters is her first novel.


Juliana Léveillé-Trudel has been working as an educator in the Nunavik region of Northern Quebec. She writes for the stage, and was a founder of the Théâtre de brousse. Nirliit is her first novel. She lives in Montreal.

Anita Anand (translator, Nirliit) is the author of Swing in the House and Other Stories, winner of the 2015 QWF/Concordia University First Book Award.


Laura Ritland’s poems have appeared in ,The Fiddlehead, CNQ, The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Arc Poetry Magazine, and The Malahat Review. A recipient of the 2014 Malahat Far Horizons Award for Poetry, she currently divides her time between Vancouver and California, where she is a PhD student in English at UC Berkeley.


Robin Richardson is the author of two previous collections of poetry. She has won the Fortnight Poetry Prize in the UK, The John B. Santorini Award, Joan T. Baldwin Award, and has been shortlisted for the CBC, Walrus, and ARC Poetry Prizes, among others. She lives in Toronto and is Editor-in-Chief of Minola Review.

ABOUT THE BOOKS:


The Deserters
Pamela Mulloy
Set in rural New Brunswick, The Deserters involves a draft dodger, homestead restoration, PTSD and the mastery of love and art amid different kinds of desertion. "Sparely and beautifully written, The Deserters is a story not of escape but of the deep, human need to belong to a place, and to one another." - Helen Humphreys. “Here is the fallout of war, the logic of betrayal, told with grace, elegance, and an unflinching gaze.” --Tamaz Dobozy


Nirliit, a novel
Juliana Léveillé-Trudel
Translated by Anita Anand
A young woman from Montreal follows the geese to the Inuit North in this deeply-felt witnessing of contemporary Indigenous life, as shaped by decades of colonial rule and government neglect. Having worked in the North for years, Juliana Léveillé-Trudel offers a portrait of a people undaunted by institutionalized racism, but in many cases broken by domestic violence, corporate mining, and the corrupting presence of summer workers up from the South in search of big paycheques. Delivered across two searing monologues, Nirliit transcends historical divisions to make a meaningful, individual connection.


East and West
Laura Ritland
East and West, Laura Ritland’s astonishing poetic debut, is a book of visions. These are roving poems drawn to defamiliarizing points of view, exquisitely attentive to the way the world exceeds our senses. Lucid and intelligent, elegaic without being maudlin, East and West explores the “middle ground” of childhood, family, diaspora, and migration, and how new cultural ideas can disrupt traditional perspectives. One of the most distinctive debuts in recent Canadian poetry.


Sit How You Want
Robin Richardson
Power and sex take centre stage in Robin Richardson’s formidable third collection of poems, Sit How You Want. Plane crashes and automobile mishaps are the backdrop for female narrators who grapple with terror, anxiety, and powerlessness: “When I say I’m fine I mean the sky has opened / like an old wound under scurvy.” The book embodies a belief in poetry as an instrument of change, a tool for transforming pain into exuberant verbal energy: “It is the thrill of ruination / makes us innovate.”

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