news | Wednesday April 11, 2012
On Thursday April 19th at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore in Montreal, 2011 Giller Prize winner Johanna Skibsrud (The Sentimentalists) will be reading from This Will Be Hard to Explain and also Jessica Moore and Jean-François Beauchemin will be talking about (and reading from) the book Jean-François wrote and Jessica translated, Turkana Boy.
With her new collection, Skibsrud introduces an astonishing array of characters, showing us through their eyes what even they cannot see and uncorking minor epiphanies in the most unremarkable days. These wise querying stories bear the mark of one of Canada’s most remarkable voices, and linger in the mind long after the final page has been turned.
Jessica Moore will be reading from Turkana Boy, her translation (from the French) of the award-winning poetic novel by Quebecois author Jean-François Beauchemin, the first part of which won a PEN America Award in 2008. The novel is a contemplative, sometimes surreal, and deeply questioning narrative, underlain with the protagonist’s sadness after the disappearance of his son.