Monday, November 22, 2010

Five Dials: The Quebec Issue. . .

I happily opened my e-mail this morning to find the latest issue of Five Dials.  This is a wonderful free online magazine published by Hamish Hamilton in the U.K.  You can read more about it and subscribe here. There is always an eclectic and interesting group of articles, excerpts and poetry.  This latest issue is devoted to Quebec and features contributions by Madeleine Thien, Gil Courtemanche, Rawi Hage and Leonard Cohen among some international authors.  Editor Craig Taylor sums up the issue, in which a number of  Québécois writers were asked to write on a range of topics:

We don't have to make a great statement about Quebec in this, our November issue, other than definitively announcing we still find Celine Dion's husband's beard a little creepy. In lieu of the grand, we have gathered a wide array of talented Francophone and Anglophone writers who will look at the mushrooms, bears, critics, literature, vocal tics, exotic dance clubs, and maple syrup of this place. We have freshly translated Québécois literature and some beautiful archival work, as well as contributions by Raymond Chandler, Alain de Botton, and David Shields. There is also one article on hockey.
What's not to love?

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