Sunday, January 24, 2010

Canada Reads Book Club: Nicolas Dickner

The second novel in our reading list for the CRBC 2010 book club is Nicolas Dickner's Nikolski (as translated by Lazer Lederhendler). Lots of charm and a rhythmic elegance to the writing that kept our attention on each page. In fact, the novel was such an involving read that it was surprising to realize that it was almost 300 pages. Now that is a sign of a good story, and really good storyteller!

Review is forthcoming (need to sit and reflect a few more days before committing type to screen) but below is some information on Dickner we thought pertinent to share with you all.

Brief Biography
Studied visual arts and literature at university.
Travelled extensively in Europe and Latin America, then settled in Montreal.
Currently a literary columnist for the Montreal cultural weekly Voir.

Honours and Awards
L'encyclopédie du petit cercle
2001 - Prix littéraire Adrienne-Choquette
2001 - Prix Jovette-Bernier
2006 - Prix des libraires
2006 - Prix littéraire des collégiens
2006 - Prix Anne-Hébert
2006 - Prix Printemps des Lecteurs–Lavinal
2008 - Governor General's Award for French to English translation

Interviews and Articles

Walrus Magazine
Quill & Quire
The Guardian
The Independent
Montreal Review of Books

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