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Montreal Noir (Canada)

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Following the success of Toronto Noir, the Noir Series explores new Canadian terrain, featuring both English and Francophone authors.

Forthcoming: 11/7/17

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Description

Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Brand-new stories by: Patrick Senécal, Tess Fragoulis, Howard Shrier, Michel Basilières, Rob Pobi, Samuel Archibald, Geneviève Lefebvre, Ian Truman, Johanne Seymour, Arjun Basu, Martin Michaud, Melissa Yi, Catherine McKenzie, Peter Kirby, and Brad Smith.

Montreal is noir, the birthplace of Leonard Cohen, Saul Bellow, Michel Tremblay, Mordecai Richler, and Oscar Peterson. It’s unsettling, it’s subversive, it’s palpable, but it’s never obvious. Montreal’s long history is dominated by cultures coming together, almost. And coming apart, almost. And continuing, always. Here, French and English writers explore the underside of the Sin City of the north.

From the introduction by John McFetridge and Jacques Filippi:

One of the oldest cities in North America, Montreal seems to be in a constant state of flux, changing its personality every few decades. Today Montreal has its own language, Franglais (or Frenglish), and maybe the first word spoken in that language was noir . . .

This collection, with voices of French and English writers, visits many neighborhoods and combines them into something that is, if not totally coherent, at least as coherent as the beautiful mess that is Montreal . . . Each neighborhood is different, and of course, each Montrealer (Montréalais) is different, making up the pieces of the mosaic of our city. Some are bright and shiny, others are darker and somber, but all have a shadow in the noir. 2017 marks Montreal’s 375th birthday, and we’re pleased to add this collection to the literary life of an amazing city.


Book Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Published: 11/7/17
  • IBSN: 9781617753459
  • e-IBSN: 9781617756061

Authors

JACQUES FILIPPI started his career as a journalist and has now been in the book world for almost twenty years as a bookseller, translator, sales representative, and editor. He started his blog, The House of Crime and Mystery, in 2011, and cofounded the QuébeCrime Writers Festival a few years later. He is hard at work on a trilogy of crime novels. He is the coeditor of Montreal Noir.

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JOHN MCFETRIDGE was born and raised in Greenfield Park (now part of Longueuil) on the south shore of Montreal. He is a graduate of Concordia University and the author of the Eddie Dougherty series (Black Rock, A Little More Free, One or the Other, Another Brick in the Wall) set in Montreal, which has been described by Publishers Weekly as “an unpredictable mystery, a fine character study, and a vivid snapshot of 1970s Montreal.” John has also written for film and television and is the coeditor of the anthology 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush. He is the coeditor of Montreal Noir.

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