Booksellers unveiled the six books of the year on Wednesday evening, at Club Soda, during a gala which marked the return to face-to-face of this evening of literary awards during which La fille d’elle-moi, by Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay, stood out in the Quebec novel-short story-narrative category.

Published by Marchand de Feuilles, The Daughter of Herself is the first novel by Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay. But it is above all the first Quebec autofiction to tackle the question of transidentity through the story of a little girl who is born in the body of a boy – from her adolescence until she gives birth to herself. same. The novel will also be adapted into a television series and the English translation is scheduled for 2023.

“As long as I can remember, writing has been a passion of mine. I started writing at 11 and I’m still fascinated by the power of words and stories. This prize means that everything is possible for the little girl from Charlevoix who dreamed of living from her passion,” Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay told La Presse with emotion. “You should never, ever despair, you have to believe in yourself, in your dreams, because this novel took 15 years to be born into the world and, for years, I doubted this story. I am so happy that she joins the queer community as much as the general public.

As for Quebec essays, it was Camille Toffoli who won the vote of booksellers for Filles corsaires, a collection of texts that revolves around philosophical reflections mixed with portraits and anecdotes, published by Éditions du Remue-Ménage.

The co-founder of the feminist bookstore L’Euguélionne clarified that this essay, born in the form of chronicles published in the journal Liberté, was written over several years. “It is particularly meaningful to me that my work is recognized by booksellers. It’s not often that booksellers write, but as I mention in the foreword to the book, I don’t think I would have been able to write it in any other context. It was the work in bookstores that helped me develop this relationship with literature,” she said.

Jean-Paul Eid was also awarded in the Quebec comics category for Le petit astronaute (published by La Pastèque).

The cartoonist told La Presse that this “very personal” book, which tells the luminous story of a boy with cerebral palsy and his family, is “a bit apart” in his bibliography while his work is not is generally not inclined towards autofiction. “This award touches my heart, really, because it comes from the booksellers. Booksellers are a bit of the front line, those who take readers by the hand and direct them to good news, to rumor, to pearls, nuggets,” said Eid.

In Quebec poetry, Montrealer Camille Readman Prud’homme distinguished herself with her first collection, When I Say Nothing I Think Again (L’Oie de Cravan).

Two foreign titles were also chosen by Quebec booksellers: Notre part de nuit, by Mariana Enriquez (From the basement), in the novel-short stories-narrative category, and René.e aux bois dormants, by Elene Usdin ( Sarbacane), in the comics.

The Award of Excellence given to the bookseller who marked the year was awarded to Billy Robinson, of the Verdun bookstore, to highlight his exceptional work.

Since 1994, the Prix des libraires du Québec has rewarded titles in six categories, chosen by booksellers from across Quebec from independent bookstores, chains and school cooperatives. Nearly 250 people were present at the gala, which was punctuated by the music of Montreal artist William Papillon and readings of extracts from the finalist titles by actors Charles Buckell-Robertson, Bruno Marcil, Pascale Montpetit and Catherine Souffront.

The winner of the Quebec novel-short stories-narrative category is awarded a $10,000 scholarship by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, while the winner of the Quebec essay category will receive a $5,000 scholarship from the Conseil des arts from Montreal. A $3,000 scholarship is also offered to the winner of the Quebec poetry category by the Montreal Poetry Festival, while the Association des libraires du Québec grants an equivalent sum to the winner of the Quebec comic strip category.


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