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Double Book Launch: Sean Michaels & Catherine Leroux
10 September at 19:00
Sunday, Sept 10, 7 pm
Shakti Rock Gym (175 rue Saint-Viateur E., Montreal)
Join Sean Michaels and Catherine Leroux at Shakti Rock Gym at 175 St Viateur St. E H2T 1B4 at 7 pm on Sunday, September 10th for the double launch of Do You Remember Being Born? and The Future! The evening will feature readings, Q&A, and signings.
The event is free and open to all. Books will be available for purchase at the event and the authors will sign copies of their books.
Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner Sean Michaels‘ luminous new novel takes readers on a lyrical joy ride—seven, epic days in Silicon Valley with a tall, formidable poet (inspired by the real-life Marianne Moore) and her unusual new collaborator, a digital mind just one month old. It’s both a love letter to and an aching examination of art-making, AI, family, identity and belonging.
Sean Michaels is the author of the novels Us Conductors, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and The Wagers; his non-fiction has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Pitchfork and The New Yorker. He lives in Montreal.
In an alternate history of Detroit, the Motor City was never surrendered to the US. Its residents deal with pollution, poverty, and the legacy of racism—and strange and magical things are happening: children rule over their own kingdom in the trees and burned houses regenerate themselves. When Gloria arrives looking for answers and her missing granddaughters, at first she finds only a hungry mouse in the derelict home where her daughter was murdered. But the neighbours take pity on her and she turns to their resilience and impressive gardens for sustenance. When a strange intuition sends Gloria into the woods of Parc Rouge, where the city’s orphaned and abandoned children are rumored to have created their own society, she can’t imagine the strength she will find. A richly imagined story of community and a plea for persistence in the face of our uncertain future, The Future is a lyrical testament to the power we hold to protect the people and places we love—together.
Catherine Leroux is a Québec novelist, translator and editor born in 1979. Her novel Le mur mitoyen won the France-Quebec Prize and its English version, The Party Wall, was nominated for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The Future received the Jacques-Brossard award for speculative fiction and was nominated for the Quebec Booksellers Prize. Catherine also won the 2019 Governor general award for her translation of Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien. She lives in Montreal with her two children.