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Montreal, September 18, 2018

Eric Dupont’s Songs for the Cold of Heart longlisted for Giller Prize

QC Fiction is thrilled to announce that Eric Dupont’s Songs for the Cold of Heart, translated by Peter McCambridge, has been longlisted for this year’s Giller Prize, Canada’s top literary award.

QC Fiction has been publishing three novels in translation a year since its adventures began with Eric Dupont’s Life in the Court of Matane (also in Peter McCambridge’s translation) in June 2016. Two of its first 7 books have drawn praise from Canada’s leading literary awards: first Katia Grubisic’s translation of Brothers by David Clerson, a finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation, and now Songs for the Cold of Heart with its Giller longlisting.

Congratulations to all the other nominees at this exciting time for Quebec literature in translation.

Praise for Songs for the Cold of Heart

“Masterful… heartbreaking and hilarious” (Publishers Weekly)

“Highly recommended” (Library Journal)

“This book manages to capture the cultural zeitgeist of Quebec culture in the twentieth century. It reminded me of all the great French Canadian novels I read as a child, but pushed them to new, delightful, hilarious, epic levels. (…) Read the first three pages and fall in love.” (Heather O’Neill, jury member, 2018 Giller Prize)

“With literary talent as well as peculiar imagination, Eric Dupont has long been hailed as spearheading the Québécois literary revival, and in this English translation of his runaway best-seller La Fiancée américaine, we can see why.” (World Literature Today)

About QC Fiction

QC Fiction is a new imprint from Baraka Books of Montreal. It brings readers of English around the world the very best of a new generation of Quebec storytellers, sharing surprising, interesting novels in flawless translation from a new generation of translators.

All questions about QC Fiction can be directed to fiction editor Peter McCambridge:

About the prize

The 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury announced its longlist on Monday, September 16, 2018. The 12 titles were chosen from a field of 104 books submitted by publishers all across Canada. The longlist was selected by a five-member jury panel: Heather O’Neill, John Freeman, Kamal Al-Solyalee (Jury Chair), Maxine Bailey, and Philip Hensher. This year’s shortlist will be announced on October 1.

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