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Thursday January 12, 2017 in Books

Legend

By Michael Blouin

Coming Fall 2017

In Michael Blouin’s Legend, narrative as we know it is torn apart only to be reconstructed piece by piece as the pages progress. Blouin weaves a history of Canadian modern art, Hollywood B movies, and RCMP police procedure in this genre-defying novel that is at once sensual and mindbending.

Drawing from the lives of celebrities and stories from his personal life, Blouin creates parallel worlds featuring fictive characters who dwell in the artifice of successful stories, as well as the people who inhabit these roles, such as Clint Eastwood in The Eiger Sanction (1975) and the dead body in the Maysles brothers’ film Salesman (1969).

Blouin bends every storytelling trope with documentary techniques to include biographical tidbits and primary sources that lay claim to the conviction that imagination is no less real than so-called reality itself. In so doing, he creates an artistic trajectory of influence and collaboration, revealing a deeply personal relationship to his hometown.

Legend unravels the creative process and the construction of narrative itself without the burden of excessive meta-thinking. Blouin guides us through the lives he has known and encountered, including his own, to show us how we come to perceive the roles we play, the plot twists we grant our own lives, and just how much our communities – real and imagined – can shape us.

ISBN 13: 9781772011289 | ISBN 10: N/A
5.5 W x 8.5 H inches | 224 pages
$19.95 CAN / $19.95 US
Rights: World
Fiction | Frontlist
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QUOTES OF NOTE

Praise for Blouin’s previous novel, Chase and Haven:

“[Blouin] creates vivid images using a storytelling format that bounces readers from one seemingly random memory to another … each recollection revealed in the author’s beautifully lean and powerful voice.”
Ottawa Citizen

“With deftness and self-assurance, Michael Blouin has built an undeniable world in Chase and Haven. His crisp, Gowdy-like prose and cutting observations compel. Blouin knows what goes on inside of people, and between them – what is said, and what is unsaid. He is a storyteller to watch.”
—Emily Schultz, author of Joyland and Heaven Is Small

About the Contributors

Michael Blouin

Michael Blouin’s second novel is Legend (forthcoming from Talonbooks). His debut novel, Chase and Haven (Coach House Books, 2009), was a shortlisted nominee for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award in 2008 and won the ReLit Award for fiction in 2009. His poetry collection Wore Down Trust (Pedlar Press, 2011) won the Archibald Lampman Award in 2012.

[cover of Legend]
Legend

Michael Blouin
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