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Montreal, October 1, 2018

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

QC Fiction is thrilled to announce that Eric Dupont’s Songs for the Cold of Heart, translated by Peter McCambridge, has been named 1 of 5 finalists for this year’s Giller Prize, Canada’s top literary award.

“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, delightfulhilariousepic levels. (…) I dare you not to read the first three pages and fall in love,” said jury member Heather O’Neill.

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)

“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 shortlist on October 1, 2018. The 5 titles were chosen from a longlist of 12 selected by a five-member jury panel: Heather O’Neill, John Freeman, Kamal Al-Solyalee (Jury Chair), Maxine Bailey, and Philip Hensher.

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