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Monday March 29, 2010 in Books

The Blue Notebook

By Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman

When Fine Dumas’s notorious transvestite Boudoir is shut down after Expo 67, Céline is condemned to go back to working as a waitress at the Sélect, attending to the frustrated appetites and exquisite pathos of its exotic clientele. Then a newcomer appears, the gorgeous Gilbert Forget, a musician who is not insensitive to her charms. Céline, a midget who has always thought she was unworthy, never having imagined the possibility of a mature loving and sexual relationship in her life, throws herself into a passionate affair with Gilbert, discovering the body’s thrills for the first time. Hanging out with his new crowd of artists and performers she gets a backstage look at a project that’s going to revolutionize Québec show business and become emblematic of its 1960s culture. Based on an historic event, Osstidcho as it was called both in life and in the book, is a play on the powerful Québécois oath hostie (the sacred host) which, like fuck in English, is used as a noun, adjective, verb, adverb, and in this production, as a punning, truncated form of hostie de showone fucking great show.

As she has done twice before, Céline records the events and adventures of her life in a notebook. But now, inspired by the agony and ecstasy of first love, she reaches for the heights of romantic prose: while The Black Notebook, her first, is a simple daily journal; and The Red Notebook, her second, is a memory book, in which she records her life in retrospect embellished with rhetorical commentary; in The Blue Notebook Céline steps outside of herself, using a narrator to tell her story. Having finally discovered herself, she is now also finally free of that self. Will her tempestuous relationship with Gilbert endure? Will there be a fourth installment?

ISBN 13: 9780889226197 | ISBN 10: 889226199
5.5 W x 8.5 H x 0.67 D inches | 288 pages
$24.95 CAN / $24.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Fiction | Bisac: FIC019000
1 Edition

QUOTES OF NOTE

"Tremblay’s charters don’t merely exist, they live out complex, sprawling lives" — Globe and Mail

About the Contributors

Michel Tremblay

One of the most produced and the most prominent playwrights in the history of Canadian theatre, Michel Tremblay has received countless prestigious honours and accolades. His dramatic, literary and autobiographical works have long enjoyed remarkable international popularity, including translations of his plays that have achieved huge success in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.

Awards and Recognition*
Prix du Grand (2009) La Traversée de la ville (Leméac Editeur Inc.)
Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix (2006)
Globe and Mail Top 100 Books (2003) Birth of a Bookworm
Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play (2000) For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again
Chalmers Awards (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1986, 1989, 2000)
Governor General’s Performing Arts Award (1999)
Molson Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts (1994)
Louis-Hémon Prize (1994)
Montreal Book Fair Grand Public Prize (1994)
Banff Centre National Award (1992)
Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France (1991)
Chevalier of the Order of Quebec (1990)
San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Festival Long-Standing Public Service Award (1989)
CBC Anik Prize (1988)
Athanase-David Lifetime Achievement Prize (1988)
Quebec-Paris Prize (1985)
Chevalier of Arts and Letters of France (1984).

Sheila Fischman

Born in Saskatchewan, Sheila Fischman is a member of the Order of Canada and has a doctorate from the University of Waterloo.

A two-time Governor General’s Award winner, Fischman has translated from French to English more than one hundred novels by such prominent Quebec writers as Michel Tremblay, Jacques Poulin, Anne Hébert, François Gravel, Marie-Claire Blais and Roch Carrier.
In 2008, Fischman was awarded the prestigious Molson Prize for her outstanding contributions to Canadian literature.

Hosanna cover
Hosanna – 3rd Edition

Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco
Drama

Crossing the Continent cover
Crossing the Continent

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Fiction

9780889226272sm
Albertine in Five Times – 2nd Edition

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Drama

9780889226197sm
The Blue Notebook

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Fiction

9780889225886sm
The Red Notebook

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Fiction

9780889225725sm
Assorted Candies for the Theatre

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Drama

9780889225435sm
The Black Notebook

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Fiction

9780889225411sm
Bonbons Assortis / Assorted Candies

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Non-Fiction

9780889225305sm
Driving Force, The

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Drama

9780889225107sm
Some Night My Prince Will Come

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Fiction

9780889224933sm
Past Perfect

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Drama

Birth of a Bookworm
Birth of a Bookworm

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Non-Fiction

9780889224704sm
Impromptu on Nuns' Island

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Drama

9780889224667sm
Twelve Opening Acts

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Non-Fiction

9780889224353sm
News from Édouard

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Fiction

9780889224254sm
The Heart Laid Bare

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Fiction

9780889224186sm
The Duchess and the Commoner

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Fiction

9780889223905sm
A Thing of Beauty

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Fiction

9780889223899sm
For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Drama

9780889223806sm
Bambi and Me

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Non-Fiction

The First Quarter of the Moon
The First Quarter Of The Moon

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Fiction

Forever Yours, Marie-Lou
Forever Yours, Marie-Lou

Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco
Drama

Marcel Pursued by the Hounds
Marcel Pursued by the Hounds

Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco
Drama

9780889223028sm
Les Belles Soeurs

Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco
Drama

9780889222953sm
La Maison Suspendue

Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek
Drama

The Real World?
Real World? , The

Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco
Drama

9780889222526sm
Bonjour, Là, Bonjour

Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco
Drama

9780889222342sm
Albertine in Five Times

Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco
Drama

Remember Me
Remember Me

Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Stowe
Drama

9780889221987sm
Thérèse and Pierrette and the Little Hanging Angel

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Fiction

9780889221901sm
The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Fiction

The Impromptu of Outremont
Impromptu of Outremont, The

Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek
Drama

9780889221840sm
Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra

Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek
Drama

9780889221819sm
Sainte-Carmen of the Main

Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek
Drama

9780889221048sm
La Duchesse de Langeais & Other Plays

Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek
Drama

9780889220928sm
En Pièces Détachées

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Allan Van Meer
Drama


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