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Gazette reviewer Ian McGillis discusses the art of storytelling in his review of Lorne Elliott’s The Goat in the Tree

For the Saturday issue of The Gazette, Ian McGillis discussed the books of long-time storytellers Jean-Claude Germain and Lorne Elliott. Elliott, whose storytelling days go back to the ten years he spent as the host of CBC Radio’s Madly Off In All Directions, has become something of a literary force in Montreal. His first novel, Beach Reading, was shortlisted for a Quebec Writers’ Federation award and his second novel, published by Guernica Editions in the spring, has been garnering media attention for its vivid descriptions and creativity.

In his review, Ian MCgillis talks about the ethics involved in the art of storytelling: “what, for example, is the difference between spinning a tale and simply lying?” This is a dilema The Goat in the Tree explores as Max the narrator tramps his way through Morrocco with little other than his gift for weaving stories to get him to his next meal or hotel stay. Max, McGillis points out, goes to both extremes of the storytelling range of ethics. Despite this, McGillis affirms that he does remain a sympathetic character in an evocative story.

The Goat in the TreeLorne Elliott is a musician, comedian, playwright, and novelist. He has written and performed in numerous plays and shows in various media. His latest musical play, Jamie Rowsell Lives, won the 2012 Playwrights Guild of Canada Award for Best Musical. He is the author of a novella, The Fixer-Upper, and of the novel Beach Reading.

The Goat in the Tree is available on the Guernica Editions website at:


For the full review, you can visit The Gazette website at: (Lorne Elliott’s The Goat in the Tree is reviewed on page 2)

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