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The Writers of Montreal

A rich literary heritage in both English and French makes Montreal unique in North America. The Writers of Montreal celebrates the city’s literary giants such as Emile Nelligan, Stephen Leacock, Gabrielle Roy, Hubert Aquin, and Hugh MacLennan. But the book also resurrects from oblivion writers like Rosanna Leprohon, who in their heyday, enjoyed great, if shortlived, popularity, or who were the first to break new ground in the city’s literary life. The book also celebrates the poets, playwrights and fiction writers who are all alive, kicking and mostly still writing. Included here are Michel Tremblay, Mavis Gallant, Yves Beauchemin, Louis Dudek, Marie-Claire Blais, Irving Layton, Mordecai Richler, Nicole Brossard, Leonard Cohen and Roch Carrier. Each of the thirty concise and insightful profiles in this book includes an excerpt from the author’s work and one or more photographs. The Writers of Montreal is an entertaining and highly readable sampling of Montreal writers and their writing – from the past to the present.

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