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Working on the new website, we've enjoyed reminding ourselves of the invariably stimulating books we've published and the vast number of Salon articles. Much has changed since www.lindaleith.com came into existence in March, 2011, and we're planning a growing role for Salon .ll. This website is not only a promotional tool; it's at the centre of what we do. 

You'll find news below of our books, honours, events, reviews, Salon posts -- French and English -- and everything else we thought you might be interested in, including -- you'll need to scroll down the page for this -- a sneak preview of what's coming up over the months to come. 

[Photo: Linda Leith. Author Xue Yiwei at mRb launch at Montreal's great Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, July 2016.]

The latest

Leigh Kinch-Pedrosa joins Salon .ll.

December 8, 2017
Salon .ll. is delighted to welcome Leigh Kinch-Pedrosa as Contributing Editor. The general manager of Confabulation Montreal, an organization dedicated to the growth of the storytelling community in Canada, Leigh is the founder of The Confab Story Lab and has produced live events for CBC Books All Told and Off-JFL. She has told stories for Tales from the Black, Yarn, Vanier College, Confabulation, and Phi Centre’s ongoing exhibit Lucid Realities.

Translating Arabic in Montreal

December 7, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Linda Leith participates in a panel discussion on "Publishing Literature in Translation in Montreal" hosted by Benoît Léger, with author, anthropologist and L'Espace de la diversité president Yara El-Ghadban, as part of a colloquium on Translating Arabic in Montreal. McConnell Building LB-619, 1400 de Maisonneuve W. For information: figura@concordia.ca. Free. 

Xue Yiwei and the December 6th memorial

December 6, 2017
"Decrying the senselessness of violence. Novelist draws parallels between Polytechnique, Tiananmen massacres." Gazette feature on Dr. Bethune's Children author Xue Yiwei by Marian Scott on the anniversary of the Polytechnique massacre of December 6, 1989. [Photo: The Gazette]

The Governor General's Literary Awards

November 30, 2017
The Governor General's Literary Awards ceremony at Rideau Hall is a smashing party and an opportunity to catch up with old friends. Pictured are Sophie Cazenave, once communications director at Blue Metropolis and now literary webmaster at Radio-Canada; Managing Director of CBC Quebec Meredith Dellandrea (left), Linda Leith, and QWF President Linda M. Morra, who took the photo (right). 

Great new idea from QuébecReads

November 27, 2017
At the end of every year, The Guardian newspaper asks a range of publishers to pick their hits and misses. This year, Peter McCambridge at QuébecReads has started a new tradition of our own and asked a handful of Canadian publishers -- LLP included -- to look back at 2017, with the focus on Quebec fiction. 

Canadian fiction in translation on The Globe and Mail's Best 100 list

November 27, 2017
What a month! It began with Xue Yiwei on the cover of the new mRb and a terrific cover story by Anita Anand about Dr. Bethune's Children. Then came the New York Times feature by Taras Grescoe and, within days, an invitation to Yiwei to participate in the great Sydney Writers' Festival. And now, Dr. B is the only translation of a Canadian novel on The Globe and Mail's list of the 100 Best Books of 2017. 

LLP authors at Holiday Pop-up Book Fair

November 25-26, 2017
Michael Blair (pictured), Ariela FreedmanJack HannanPeter Kirby, and Xue Yiwei are among the LLP authors appearing at the Monument National café, 1182 Blvd St. Laurent, Montréal, as part of the 3rd annual Holiday Pop-up Book Fair Free. And fun.

Dr. Bethune's Children on The Globe and Mail's Best 100 of 2017

November 25, 2017
Dr. Bethune's Children is on The Globe and Mail's 100 Best Books of 2017 where, in this golden age of literary translation in Canada, this extraordinary novel is the only Canadian fiction in translation on the list. And it's a translation from Chinese, which is why it isn't even eligible for most of Canada's literary prizes. Congratulations to author Xue Yiwei and to translator Darryl Sterk!

Abou Farman back in Montreal

November 24, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
Abou Farman, author of Clerks of the Passage (LLP) and Les lieux du passage (LLÉ), appears at McGill (Peterson Hall 116, 3460 McTavish Street), presenting Aesthetic, Anaesthetic, Synaesthetic: Making Senses of the Afterlife in 3 Acts, A performance talk featuring protons, smells, tumours, shamans, insects, physicians and blindfolds. Followed, at 3 p.m. with a screening of his acclaimed film Icaros: A Vision at Concordia (H-1120).

The QWF Awards

November 21, 2017, 7 p.m.
The Quebec Writers' Federation Gala at the Lion d'Or: 1676 Ontario Street E., Montreal. This is always a great party. Tickets info at www.qwf.org. Ariela Freedman, who is shortlisted for the Concordia QWF First Book Prize for her delightfully accomplished first novel, Arabic for Beginners. Cheering for you, Ariela!

Xue Yiwei in The New York Times

November 17, 2017 
LLP author Xue Yiwei, author of Dr. Bethune's Children, is featured in today's New York Times. The article is by award-winning Montreal writer Taras Grescoe, who interviewed Xue Yiwei on stage at the Blue Metropolis festival in April 2017. [Photo: The New York Times]

Peter Kirby at the Salon du livre de Montréal

November 16, 6 p.m., November 18th, 2 p.m.
LLP|LLÉ Award-winning crime writer Peter Kirby, whose first novel, The Dead of Winter, has just appeared in Rachel Martinez's French translation, will be signing copies of Vague d'effroi, at Stand 216, Place Bonaventure, Montreal. [Photo: Linda Leith]

Ariela Freedman's Arabic for Beginners makes Q&Q's best of 2017 list

November 14, 2017
The December issue of Quill & Quire has just arrived, and Ariela Freedman's novel is one of the books named as the Best of 2017! Congratulations, Ariela!

Dr. Bethune's Children "a wonderful novel"

November 8, 2017, 7 p.m.
From Richard King, via Twitter: "As I reported on @cbcHomerun Dr. Bethune's Children by Xue Yiwei is a wonderful novel bringing together great Chinese characters & and a narrator living in Montreal @LL publishing. [Photo of Yiwei with the statue of Norman Bethune in Montreal: Stephane Lavoie]

Xue Yiwei at the mRb launch

November 6, 2017, 7 p.m.
The Montreal Review of Books launches its 20th anniversary issue with Kathleen Winter, Linda Besner, and LLP author Xue Yiwei (Shenzheners, Dr. Bethune's Children) on the cover. La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 176 Bernard Ouest. [Photo: Stephane Lavoie]

mRb cover story on Dr. B.

November 3, 2017
The 20th anniversay issue of Montreal Review of Books arrived with today's copy of The Globe and Mail, with Xue Yiwei on the front cover and a great story about his first novel in English, Dr. Bethune's Children, by Anita Anand. The issue launches Monday, Nov 7, 7 p.m. at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 176 Bernard Ouest.

George Fetherling noir!

November 1, 2017
The November Quill & Quire features a review of George Fetherling's noir novel The Carpenter of Montreal alongside one of the collection Montreal Noir -- which includes Peter Kirby.

Auf Wiedersehen

October 15, 2017
Spreading our wings! Linda Leith Publishing | Linda Leith Éditions participates in the stupendous 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair for the first time, but not for the last time as Canadian participation grows in advance of October, 2020, when Canada will be featured country. Thank you to Livres Canada Books for its support. Auf Wiedersehen, indeed.

Reading Mavis Gallant's What Is To Be Done?

September 6, 2017
Actors Howard Rosenstein, Susan Glover, Eleanor Noble (pictured, left to right), Dean Patrick Fleming, and Gabielle Soskin did a brilliant informal reading of Mavis Gallant's play What Is To Be Done? Thank you to them all and to Pat Donnelly for bringing them together.

Watch this space

Vampire fiction! Phillip Ernest's The Vetala

Nada Marjanovic, professor of Sanskrit, has spent more than twenty years translating an obscure text on the vetala, a parasitic, vampire-like being that possesses the bodies of his victims. When her mentor in Pune dies, she finds herself face-to-face with the undead that the text describes. The Vetala will be published in March.

Abla Farhoud's Hutchison Street

A moving account of isolated individuals attempting to reach out to one another in one of Montreal’s most diverse neighbourhoods. Hasidic Montreal as seen through the eyes of an award-winning Quebec writer and playwright of Lebanese descent. Abla Farhoud's first novel in English, Hutchison Street, has been translated by Judith Weisz Woodsworth. March.

Leila Marshy's first novel

Montreal writer and editor Leila Marshy is of Palestinian-Newfoundland heritage—she can tell a good joke, but it bombs. And she's just put the finishing touches to her first novel. The Philistine finds Nadia in Cairo, rediscovering her roots, her language, her ambitions, and the unavoidable destiny of becoming a Philistine – the Arabic word for Palestinian. March.

The Dead of Winter audiobook

Peter KIrby's bestselling first crime novel is on its way as an audiobook! Read by Montreal actor Howard Rosenstein, The Dead of Winter was always a compelling read in English. It's now available in French, as well, as Vague d'effroi (LLP 2017; trans. Rachel Martinez). And you'll be able to sit back and listen to Inspector Luc Vanier's first gripping case very soon. In the dead of winter, no less.


See Peter Kirby talk about The Dead of Winter here.

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