On May 6th Madeleine Thien and I had a book launch at Drawn & Quarterly bookstore here in Montreal.
Her novel, Dogs at the Perimeter, deals with the genocide in Cambodia during the 1970s, and the ongoing effects on two survivors and their families. The writing is sensitive--both precise and impressionistic. Read it!
My novel, Arrhythmia, is a study of betrayal. Everyone who's read it so far claims they can't put it down. So what are you waiting for?
In terms of content our novels are obviously different. Yet there are similarities in how we handle our characters, narrative intimacy, focus on setting, use of language. Interestingly, we both incorporate medical or hospital material.
On May 6th we got up on stage to read from and discuss our novels with our moderator, Ben Klein. We had fun!
Here are a few pictures from the evening:
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
The opening act: Kathleen Winter on concertina, Randi Helmers with her ukulele.