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Montreal, October 4, 2017

Katia Grubisic’s Brothers translation finalist for GG award

QC Fiction is excited and delighted to announce that Katia Grubisic’s English language translation of Brothers by David Clerson is a finalist for this year’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation.

David Clerson’s novel is an original, phantasmagoric piece of fiction that is steeped in myth and fable and was originally published as Frères by Héliotrope. Katia Grubisic’s beautiful translation was published to critical acclaim last November as the third book in QC Fiction’s debut year. It was named a National Post book of the year, dubbed “a genuine example of literary innovation” by Quill & Quire magazine, and described as “possibly the Quebec publisher’s most daring and impressive offering to date” by respected literary blogger Joseph Schreiber of Rough Ghosts. 3:AM magazine, meanwhile, compared the prose to Cormac McCarthy, concluding: “This is an extraordinary first novel by an enormously talented writer, and a first translation by an enormously talented poet-translator. Brothers by David Clerson is a carefully wrought work of dark beauty.”

“This was such a great novel in the original French and tough to translate. Hats off to Katia for making such a beautiful job of it,” said fiction editor Peter McCambridge. “QC Fiction and Baraka Books would also like to thank the Governor General’s Literary Awards and the Canada Council for the Arts for recognizing all we’re doing with contemporary Quebec literature as we work with new translators and new authors to bring new voices to readers from around the world. Congratulations to all the other nominees at this exciting time for Quebec literature in translation.”


About QC Fiction

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

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

About the awards

One of Canada’s longest standing literary awards, founded in 1936, the Governor General’s Literary Awards are among Canada’s most prestigious literary awards with a total value of $450,000. The Canada Council for the Arts has funded, administered and promoted the awards since 1959. GG Books winners are chosen by peer assessment committees per category, per language (7 in English and 7 in French), who consider finalists from eligible books.

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