Ordinary Monsters

Adriana Chartrand and Marie Hélène Poitras

Ordinary Monsters

Adriana Chartrand and Marie Hélène Poitras

8:00pm

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Lakeside Terrace

60 mins

Fans of all things grim and Gothic won’t want to miss this discussion with masters of sinister storytelling Adriana Chartrand and Marie Hélène Poitras. In their latest works, family ghosts haunt the pages while the lines between worlds become blurred in two dark explorations of power, trauma and violence.

Chartrand’s contemporary supernatural horror story An Ordinary Violence delves deep into the legacy of generational trauma at the hands of human beings whose acts are far more monstrous than those of the spirits who live alongside us.

Meanwhile, making use of familiar fairytale elements, Poitras’s Sing, Nightingale (translated by Rhonda Mullins) is a powerful tale of female rage and revenge against the generations of greedy and gluttonous men that have long reigned.

Moderated by Aparita Bhandari.

Presented with support from the Bureau du Québec à Toronto (BQT).

Bureau du Québec à Toronto logo

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Conversation

How to attend

Students and youth save up to 50% on passes.

Fans of all things grim and Gothic won’t want to miss this discussion with masters of sinister storytelling Adriana Chartrand and Marie Hélène Poitras. In their latest works, family ghosts haunt the pages while the lines between worlds become blurred in two dark explorations of power, trauma and violence.

Chartrand’s contemporary supernatural horror story An Ordinary Violence delves deep into the legacy of generational trauma at the hands of human beings whose acts are far more monstrous than those of the spirits who live alongside us.

Meanwhile, making use of familiar fairytale elements, Poitras’s Sing, Nightingale (translated by Rhonda Mullins) is a powerful tale of female rage and revenge against the generations of greedy and gluttonous men that have long reigned.

Moderated by Aparita Bhandari.

Presented with support from the Bureau du Québec à Toronto (BQT).

Bureau du Québec à Toronto logo

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Conversation

Featured Authors

Adriana Chartrand is a mixed-race Native woman, born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her father is Red River Métis (Michif), born and raised in the Métis community of St. Laurent, and her mother is a mixed white settler from Manitoba. Adriana has two degrees in film studies and has previously worked in the social work field. She lives in Toronto and works in the film industry.

Read more about Adriana Chartrand

Marie Hélène Poitras was born in Ottawa and lives in Montreal. She received the Prix Anne-Hébert for her first novel, Soudain le Minotaure (2002, reissued by Alto in 2022; Suddenly the Minotaur, DC Books, 2006). Her short story collection La mort de Mignonne et autres histoires (Alto, 2017) was a finalist for the Prix des libraires du Québec. While Griffintown (Prix France-Québec and finalist for the Prix Ringuet) was inspired by her experience as a carriage driver in Old Montreal.

Read more about Marie Hélène Poitras

8:00pm

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Lakeside Terrace

60 mins

How to attend

Students and youth save up to 50% on passes.

What to read

An Ordinary Violence by , Sing, Nightingale by ,
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