How does delusion inspire author Andrèe A. Gratton?
Let's find out...
Hi! My name is crystal fletcher and welcome to this week’s episode of all about canadian books. I’m very excited to have Quebec author Andrèe A. Gratton and translator, Ian Thomas Shaw as guests.
Andrèe A. Gratton studied philosophy and classical studies in Montreal, Berlin and Strasbourg. She teaches philosophy in Montreal and loves swimming in cold water (I had to ask her about this)!
Ian Thomas Shaw is a novelist, translator, editor, former Canadian diplomat and development officer who has lived in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Ian speaks English, French, German, Spanish and some Arabic.
We discussed Andrèe's award-winning debut novel Choosing Eleonore which was published by Guernica Editions and Editions de la Pleine Lune, in French.
Choosing Eleonore tells the story of a one-way friendship. It explores the delusion of being loved. This is Marianne's story. Marianne is obsessed with Eleonore. From the first sentence..."Long before we met, Eleonore was dreaming of me. Not me with this hair, these two hands or the sound of my voice. No. Of me as a friend, an ideal friend," we feel that something is wrong in her perception of reality.
But who is this Eleonore, whom Marianne had never spoken to? What is so fascinating about her? Neither humiliation, rebuffs, rejection will disabuse Marianne of her certainty of being loved by Eleonore.
I was SO intrigued by both Marianne and Eleonore. To find out more about these women you'll have to read Choosing Eleonore.
To learn more about Andrèe A. Gratton
To learn more about about Ian Thomas Shaw
A Reading from Choosing Eleonore
For a peak into Marianne's delusional mindset, click below.
Merci Andrèe A. Gratton & Ian Thomas Shaw!
How does Toronto’s Chinatown inspire author Wayne Ng? Let's find out...
Hi! My name is crystal fletcher and welcome back. I’m very excited to have Wayne Ng as a guest on this week's episode of all about canadian books. Wayne is an award-winning short story and travel writer, a school social worker who loves to write, travel, eat and play—preferably all at the same time. We discussed his 2nd novel Letters From Johnny which was published by Guernica Editions.
It's 1970. Johnny Wong is in grade 5. A lonely boy who tries to stickhandle a neighbourhood of immigrants and draft dodgers. Johnny’s world unravels after a murder, a betrayal, and the unexpected emergence of a family member, ALL THIS as he tries to make sense of the FLQ crisis. His only solace are letters to a penpal, then to Dave Keon, captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Letters From Johnny is a charming and fun read. This novel made me smile A LOT!
To learn more about Wayne and to check out his fantastic travel pictures
Letters From Johnny Book Trailer
How do lottery tickets inspire Marissa Stapley?
Let's to find out…
Hi! My name is crystal fletcher and welcome to this week’s episode of all about canadian books. I’m thrilled to have Marissa Stapley as a guest. Marissa is an international bestselling author, award-winning journalist, editor, screenwriter and educator. We discussed Marissa’s latest novel Lucky which was published by Simon and Schuster.
Lucky Armstrong is a tough, talented grifter who has just pulled off a million-dollar heist with her boyfriend, Cary. She’s ready to start a brand-new life, with a new identity—when things go sideways. Lucky finds herself alone for the first time, navigating the world without the help of either her father or her boyfriend, the two figures from whom she’s learned the art of the scam.
When she discovers that a lottery ticket she bought on a whim is worth millions, her elation is tempered by one big problem: cashing in the winning ticket means the police will arrest her for her crimes...
You'll have to read Lucky to find out what she does!
To learn more about Marissa and her other novels
Author Reading & Writing Tips
If your dream is to be an author, be sure to check out Marissa's inspirational pep talk. Marissa encourages writers to sit down and do the work. It's not always going to be fun, or easy but you can't achieve your dreams without the hard work. And, NEVER give up. I couldn't agree more. Thank you Marissa.
Marissa also reads the opening of her new novel Lucky. I don't know about you but I'm also quite curious about Sister Mary Margaret!