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Denise Desautels and Jean-Paul Daoust Readings in Toronto

Quebec poets, Denise Desautels and Jean-Paul Daoust (with local anglophone writers reading their work in translation), will be reading at two different events on Friday, December 13th, and Saturday, December 14th!

Denise Desautels was born in Montreal. She won the Prix de la Fondation Les Forges for Leçons de Venice (1990), the Governor General’s Award and the Prix de la revue Estuaire for Le saut de l’ange (1992), the Prix de la Société des écrivains canadiens and the Prix de la Société Radio-Canada for Tombeau de Lou (2000). In 1999 she received La Médaille Échelon vermeil, the highest honour given by the city of Paris. Guernica has published two translations of Denise’s work, The Night Will be Insistent  and Things That Fall earlier this year.

Jean-Paul Daoust  is one of the central figures in the Quebec poetry scene. He has participated in over 50 literary reviews and magazines. He has published more than a dozen books of poetry and, in 1990, won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Black Diva (Guernica 1991) is the first English translation of his work in book form.

The two poets will be:

1. At a print shop and design studio called Someone, at 1691 Dundas Street West, Friday, December 13th 6-8pm (www.someone.ca). Someone Editions is beginning an important letterpress publishing project of limited editions.

2. At Duffy’s Tavern, at 1238 Bloor Street West, Saturday, December 14th 3-5pm. Someone and Duffy’s are both in a neighbourhoods that are fast becoming epicentres of Toronto culture.

Come out and experience these amazing French poets!

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