What's wrong with this collection of photographs?

In its ongoing interest in everything that books are about, or, to put it differently, on the literary as it intersects with just about everything, Salon .ll. rescues a remarkable set of photographs of Canadian Pacific executives from obscurity and asks its loyal readers: Can these photos help illuminate our literary discussions?

Patience may be needed, for these photos may take a few seconds to come into focus.

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Ann Charney's Latest, by Linda Leith


Photo: Terence Byrnes

Ann Charney is an award-winning writer who was born in Poland and has spent most of her life in Montreal, where she has worked as a columnist for Maclean’s and a feature writer at Saturday Night as well as publishing four novels and a collection of essays entitled Defiance in their Eyes. I will be interviewing her on stage about her latest book, Life Class, as a pre-StoryFest event on Sunday, June 1st, 2 p.m., in St. Mary's Hall, Hudson, Qc.

The event will be followed by a reception and signings at Greenwood, 354 Main Road.  
Tickets $10, availabe at Pure Art, 422, rue Principale, Hudson.

Monsieur Montreal Culture: The Passion of Simon Brault

Not just Monsieur Culture Montréal, in other words, but Monsieur Montreal Culture. Brault wasn’t playing to a particularly mixed crowd. There might have been 300 of us in the audience, and I saw only a couple of other Anglos and one Spaniard; there were undoubtedly other non-Francophones I did not recognize, but there were no Anglophone media other than myself, if I can be counted a journalist. La Presse covered the event, but The Gazette did not. There are times, even today, when Montreal seems to live on one planet in English and on another one in French.

Xue Yiwei's Shenzheners, by Linda Leith

The Shenzhen Economic Daily was preparing a 3-page feature on the publication of Shenzheners, the first of the Chinese-Canadian writer Xue Yiwei's books to appear in English, and I was asked to write about why LLP chose to publish the collection. What follows is the text I wrote, which Yiwei then translated into Chinese.

From Ruth Gruenthal: Emma Bovary, Bourgeois Heroine

It is one of my principles that one must not write about oneself. The artist should be like God in creation, invisible and all-powerful; so that one can feel him everywhere, but see him not at all.  -- Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert


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