• Chasing the Phoenix
    Chasing the Phoenix

    Marie-Anne Legault

    On a public piano in Old Montreal, a tormented vagabond expertly performs a Rachmaninoff concerto. The same man, unable to remember his own name or where he comes from, can transform a simple stew into a sumptuous feast, solve impossible equations, and speak disjointed words in any language. What’s more, the nameless prodigy travels to seedy neighbourhoods scattering dazzling works of graffiti whose enigmatic Eastern-inspired signature casts heavy suspicion onto him.

    Who is this stranger people call “the Phoenix”, who has seemingly washed up on Montreal’s shores? What connects him to a Chinese piano virtuoso, a Spanish pastry chef extraordinaire, a gifted English mathematician, and so many other geniuses around the world? An unlikely pair of women—a dedicated and guileless street worker and an opinionated, sceptical neuropsychologist—set out on the trail of this rare bird.

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  • When Gloomy Bertha Sings
    When Gloomy Bertha Sings

    Rodney Saint-Éloi

    In this admirably written tale, the author pays tribute to his recently departed mother Bertha, a tall Black woman who “loved to love” and whose energy and generosity were an inspiration to others. Rodney, her eldest son tells the story of his impoverished childhood in the country of his birth, and their separation in exile—as she found herself in New York, and he ended up in Montreal. This is a dialogue between a son and his mother. He grew up under the dictatorship, dreaming of becoming a writer and succeeding in putting his anger, pain, joy, courage and love into words. She was a mother who carried the memory of both the “rotten country” she left behind and the light of hope. Bertha’s words are beautiful and poignant, conveying all the music and dignity of the art of being a mother.

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  • Assassin in Residence
    Assassin in Residence

    Jean Bello

    Some have lost their teeth, others their flexibility, but all have retained a sense of humour and their sharp wits! At Jardin Desjardins, residents eat well, drink up, laugh loudly and, when necessary, investigate crime. Did it have anything to do with the nurse’s cookie trafficking? Is it a coincidence that Marguerite met her new sweetheart on the day of the murder? Does Marie-Rose really want the best for the residents—despite drowning all her dishes in sauce? Is it Ginette, whose past is catching up to her? Or Jasmin, who is tired of being constipated all the time?

    Assassin in Residence features the snappy style and storytelling talents of Jean Bello, whose elegant pen brings to life the pleasures of friendship, food, and love. Set against a backdrop of suspense, he offers a story brimming with gaiety and cheer that goes down like a refreshing summer cocktail.

  • Mister Big, or the Glorification of Toxic Love
    Mister Big, or the Glorification of Toxic Love

    India Desjardins

    Can fiction influence the way we see the world, particularly when it comes to romance? By dissecting the relationship between Mister Big and Carrie, two characters central to the TV series Sex and the City, India Desjardins crafts a careful argument showing how their relationship exhibited all the traits of psychological abuse. Even the series finale, still referenced today in popular culture, may not have been as happy as one might think.

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