Marianne Ackerman will be launching her first foray into short fiction October 1st at Drawn and Quarterly Bookstore in Montreal. The book launch kicks off at 7 pm and will feature Ackerman’s latest book, the novella and shot story collection Holy Fools + 2 Stories.
In the novella, “Holy Fools,” a man on the verge of suicide answers the doorbell and is arrested for a crime he did not commit. His luck changes when he meets Tolstoy, a Lord and author of long books who is doing time for crimes against shareholders. A dark comedy about the game of life. Two stories complete the collection: “Nobody Writes to the Professor” in which a long-suffering scholar meets an old love and is offered a last chance at success; and “Albert Fine,” about a struggling farmer who takes on a hired hand, against his best instincts.
A long-time Montrealer, Marianne Ackerman was born in Belleville, Ontario. She has an MA in drama from the University of Toronto and studied French at the Sorbonne. Her three published novels include the best-seller Jump. A frequently produced playwright, her new comedy Triplex Nervosa will be part of the Centaur Theatre’s 2014-15 season. She is publisher of the online arts magazine Rover found at www.roverarts.com.