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The scent of spring

Three women cross North America in pursuit of lilacs in bloom. Their desire to live in an everlasting spring keeps them on the road, leaving one town as soon as the flowers begin to fade and arriving in the next right before they open. Every night, they tell stories, slowly revealing their secrets, their pasts and their humanity. An enchanting novel from the author of Songs for the Cold Heart.


La route du lilas by Éric Dupont – Éd. Marchand de feuilles


A moral story

Magalie is a 40-year-old kitchen designer. She lives with Mathieu, the father of their daughter. He is having an affair. So is she. A family connection leads her to Guillaume, a police officer and single father. Months of revelations and intrigue ensue, and their lives are turned upside down. Nadine Bismuth’s sardonic tone, graceful humour and elegant prose invite us to consider our existence in an era where kitchen decor has taken on an importance once reserved for the salvation of our souls.


Un lien familial by Nadine Bismuth – Éd. Boréal


Virtual reality

The narrator grows up in front of the television in the 70s, captivated by stars like Olivia Newton-John. She loses herself in the images, taking refuge from a harsh family reality involving an alcoholic father and an unhappy mother. Eventually, she wants nothing more than to be an image. She cuts ties with her family and earns enough money to devote herself to her quest for the image of perfection, embodied by an avatar called Anouk. When she finds out her mother has terminal cancer, she must rebuild her relationship with her parents. A futuristic fable about the power of images.


De synthèse by Karoline Georges – Éd. Alto


Becoming who you are

Rose-Aimée Automne T. Morin lost her father when she was 16. Before dying of cancer, he made it his mission to give her the tools she’d need to become a self-assured, self-centred, cultured and pot-stirring feminist—a woman with better things to do than apologize. At 30, the author found herself looking back on how a personality and values were imposed upon her during this period of crisis. This personal essay is a reflection on the construction of her “self” and the legacy of her childhood.


Ton absence m’appartient by Rose-Aimée Automne T. Morin – Éd. Stanké


Coffee Table Books

Re(discover) women artists

From Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi, to modern artists Sonia Delaunay and Frida Kahlo, and contemporary greats like Yoko Ono, Orlan and Sophie Calle, this book takes a passionate look at 50 women artists. Delving into art history archetypes and codes, Laure Adler and Camille Viéville use artworks to analyze women’s movement towards independence and recognition in the art world—a space that has been dominated by men for far too long.


Les femmes artistes sont dangereuses by Laure Adler and Camille Viéville – Éd. Flammarion


Soup’s on!

Josée di Stasio’s latest cook book is entirely dedicated to soup and all things soup. There’s something to fill your home with enticing aromas in every season. True to what we’ve come to expect from di Stasio, the recipes are colourful, healthy, comforting, festive, delicious, waste-conscious—everything but boring! This must-have for foodies includes gorgeous photography by Dominique T. Skoltz.


À la soupe! by Josée di Stasio – Éd. Flammarion Québec


An ode to north-coast beauty

With breathtaking images and poems from 13 local writers, this book is a testament to the deep sense of attachment held for the Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve. Fall under the spell of this little-known and completely unique land.


L’Œil du Québec Réserve de Biosphère Manicouagan-Uapishka – Éd. Sylvain Harvey



Text: Diane Stehle

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