A Ramshackle Home selected for CBC Books 2023 Fall Reading List

October 2023
We're thrilled to share the exciting news that CBC Books has selected one of our books, A Ramshackle Home, for its 2023 Fall Reading List. Huge congratulations to author Felicia Mihali and translator Judith Weisz Woodsworth! We're delighted to share this compelling story with even more readers.

Eco-Anxiety, Resilience, and the Lower Saint Lawrence

June 2023
Font's Summer 2023 edition delves into our connection to the Lower Saint Lawrence and Les Jardins de Métis amidst climate crisis and eco-anxiety. Intimate reflections from writers and artists, both new and returning, reveal the region's beauty, destruction, and resilience over time.

Welcoming Shakiya Williams to LLP as Publishing Intern

June 2023
On June 1, 2023, Linda Leith Publishing hired Shakiya Williams as Publishing Intern tasked with book publishing work as well as upcoming issues of Font magazine. “We are delighted to include Shakiya Williams in our dynamic team,” says publisher Linda Leith, “and wish to thank the Humanities Plus program at Concordia University for their invaluable support.”

Shakiya’s enthusiasm for what Linda Leith Publishing stands for, coupled with her dedication to promoting diverse voices, make the two a perfect match. “I’m thrilled,” Shakiya says, “to be joining the LLP team, and I look forward to contributing my creativity and expertise to LLP’s mission to bring exceptional stories to readers.”

A look at Fall 2023

May 2023
Cover reveal! Here's a sneak peek at some titles we're incubating: David Homel's meditation on a life of writing in How Did I Get Here? And Felicia Mihali's timely novel of love and corruption, A Ramshackle Home

New titles Spring 2023

April 2023
Sara Danièle Michaud talks motherhood in Scar Tissue; the Black Community Resource Centre brings together nine young writers to explore the history of a vibrant community in Where They Stood; and for the climate-conscious kids, Nisha Coleman and Shanthony Exum's Dear Humans is a must read.

Writers in Complex Times

March 2023
From a monthly to a quarterly for 2023, Font's new Spring Issue showcases the brilliant and edgy talent of the members of the Quebec Writer's Federation. Working in text, sound and video, contributors from across the province gave us something to think about.  

Look what we did!

January 2023
It's been a minute but we've been busy! Here's a look at a year of Font, our monthly magazine for emerging and established English-language writers from all over Quebec.
14 issues, 14 contributors, 111 pieces of fabulousness.

Celebrate Black writing in MTL

April 2022
We're thrilled to relaunch Mairuth Sarsfield's seminal No Crystal Stair as well as its first translation into French, En bas de la côte. To celebrate, we're having a party at the wonderful Afromusée on April 16.
Details here. Join us!

LLP gets bold with FONT

November 2021
After ten years of publishing in English and French, hosting an online Salon, and launching a new imprint for young people, ruelle, LLP is getting even bolder with an online magazine. Font is a monthly online literary magazine for compelling and innovative new literary artists and communities across the province of Quebec. Check out Issue #1 Young Black Writers!

A Cemetery for Bees gets Translation nod

October 2021
We're thrilled to announce that Katia Grubisic's translation of A Cemetery for Bees by Alina Dumitrescu has been nominated for the Governor General's Literary Awards! This is Katia's fifth translation with LLP and we couldn't be more proud of her immense talents and exacting artistry. Winners will be announced in November. Good luck to all!

LLP Spring 2021 Launch at Blue Met

April 2021
LLP is delighted to announce our Spring 2021 launch with the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. Join us online on April 28 at 7 pm and meet the authors from our 2021 and 2020 lists. 
If you missed the launch you can watch it on our YouTube channel!

Linda Leith appointed to the Order of Canada

November 2020
Very exciting news! LLP publisher and founder of the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, Linda Leith has been named to the Order of Canada for "connecting the country's Anglophone and Francophone communities, and for fostering creativity and intercultural understanding through a literary festival."

Claremont optioned for production

November 2020
LLP has signed an option agreement with Jeremy Podeswa/Rebelfilms for the film adaptation rights to Wiebke von Carolsfeld's Claremont. "Claremont is a powerful and intimate story of loss, family and healing," says Podeswa, the Toronto-based director of Game of Thrones, Six Feet Under and The Handmaid's Tale. "It speaks directly to this current moment." 

LLP to reissue story of Black Montreal

August 2020
LLP is excited to announce the reissue of Mairuth Sarsfield’s acclaimed novel, No Crystal Stair, as well as its translation into French by award-winning translator, Rachel Martinez. First published in 1997, No Crystal Stair is a unique story of Montreal in the 1940s. Raising her three daughters alone, Marion discovers she can only find gainful employment if she passes as white. Set in Little Burgundy against the backdrop of an exciting jazz scene and the tension of World War II, No Crystal Stair is an indictment of Canada's "soft" racism.

Blindshot optioned for production

July 2020
LLP is thrilled to announce the signing of an option agreement with Montreal production company Groupe Entourage for the television rights to Denis Coupal’s first novel, the thriller Blindshot. Groupe Entourage intends to develop and produce a dramatic series based on the novel, to be broadcast domestically and internationally. 

Spring sale viral video

April 2020
LLP LLÉ anounces its 50% off spring sale with a fun video. Watch it here. 
We're dancing along with you!

Leila Marshy takes on role of Associate Publisher

January 2020
LLP is delighted to announce that Leila Marshy will be assuming the role of Associate Publisher effective February 1st, 2020.  “It’s a great pleasure working with Leila Marshy,” says Linda Leith, "and LLP is delighted that she has agreed to take on the role of Associate Publisher. We look forward to working together on developing our publishing program in new and exciting ways.”

Norm Ravvin & Ariela Freedman at Espace Knox

November 7, 2019
Ariela Freedman (A Joy To Be Hidden) joined Norman Ravvin (The Girl Who Stole Everything) for an evening of literary conversation at the beautiful Espace Knox, followed by some lively questions from the audience. Live jazz was provided by Alexander Ravvin and Félix Blanchette. It was a great night of words, wine and music.

Norm Ravvin in Poland

October 2019
Norman Ravvin launched The Girl Who Stole Everything in Lodz, Poland, Sept. 27, 2019, as part of a writers’ roundtable at the Dom Literatury, a venue cinematically positioned on ulica Roosevelta in the heart of the city. Here, Ravvin is interviewed by event organizer and leading Polish translator Krzysztof Majer, regarding the novel’s presentation of Radzanow, a Polish village near Warsaw, and of Vancouver.

A Joy To Be Hidden shortlisted!

October 2019
Ariela Freedman's A Joy To Be Hidden is in the running for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Winner will be announced at the QWF Gala, November 5.
Congratulations to Ariela and all the great shortlisted authors!

Claremont goes global

October 2019
LLP is delighted to announce the sale to Kiepenheuer & Witsch the German and World rights for Claremont, by Wiebke von Carolsfeld. Kiepenheuer & Witsch is the German publisher of such authors as Jonahtan Safran Foer, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie and more. Wiebke you're in good company!

LLP | LLÉ Fall launch!

September 2019
Join our authors and translators Wiebke von Carolsfeld, Caterina Edwards, Phillip Ernest, Katia Grubisic, Joanna Gruda, and Norman Ravvin as we launch our Fall 2019 season! 
Oct 9, 7 pm: Drawn & Quarterly, 176 rue Bernard MTL

The Philistine shortlisted

May 2019
Leila Marshy's The Philistine is one of 5 literary novels shortlisted for the 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer's Prize. We're keeping our fingers crossed until June 27th!

Denis Coupal signs Blindshot

April 2019
Denis Coupal will be at an IndigoChapters near you signing Blindshot. For details and information, consult his website:

LLP|LLÉ at Blue Met

April 2019
Linda Leith Publishing will be at the Blue Metropolis Festival this year! You'll see our authors hosting events, partaking in events, signing books, and just being fabulous. For details, check the schedule at

Ariela Freedman launches A Joy To Be Hidden

April 2019
Hot on the heels of 2017's award-winning Arabic for Beginners, we are proud to announce the launch of Ariela Freedman's A Joy To Be Hidden. Everyone's invited! She'll be in conversation with Lisa Goldman at Drawn & Quarterly on April 11. Not to be missed!

Denis Coupal at IndigoChapters

April 2019
Denis Coupal is on a roll! Catch him at IndigoChapters stores signing his "high-calibre bullet of a book," Blindshot.
March 30: Indigo, Place Montreal Trust
April 6: Indigo, Dix 30, Brossard
April 13: Indigo, Laval
April 27: Chapters, Rideau Centre, Ottawa
May 25: Chapters, Pointe-Claire

We have a winner!

October 19, 2018
Congratulations! Ariela Freedman's Arabic For Beginners has won the J. I. Segal 2018 Mona Elaine Adilman English Fiction and Poetry Award on a Jewish Theme. Sponsored by the Jewish Public Library, the awards gala will be on November 14 at the Gelber Conference Centre.
Quill & Quire  calls Freedman "an exceptionally good writer." We agree!

Save the date!

October 3, 2018
Join author Abla Farhoud and translator Judith Weisz Woodsworth (Hutchison Street), Leila Marshy (author The Philistine, and founder of Friends of Hutchison), and Sherry Simon as they explore what it means to feel at home and to be part of a neighbourhood. Sometimes home is just wherever you are, other times you have to work a little harder and go a little farther.
Put it in your calendars: Wednesday, October 24th, 6-7 pm. Mordecai Richler Library, 5434 ave du Parc.

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). 

Linda Leith in Publisher's Weekly

September 14, 2018
Publisher Linda Leith's piece on "The Pros and Cons of working as an English-language publisher in Quebec" is in Publishers Weekly's annual Canadian supplement. You'll find it online here
P.S. from Linda: Just noticed that the editors took out an important line--important to me, anyway: that I'm not complaining, for there is nowhere in the world I'd rather be than Montreal.
[Photo: Judith Lermer Crawley]

"It was a joy to read Hutchison street"

September 2, 2018
A very nice review of Abla Farhoud's Hutchison Street in The Miramichi Reader. James Fisher is promising to add it to his 2019 very best longlist of books!
You can read the review here.  

Stanley Péan on CBC

September 23, 2018
Stanley Péan, author of Taximan, was an early morning guest on CBC's All in a Weekend (88.5 FM).

"When I was a kid my father forbade me to speak Creole... A lot of people from his generation were like that. You had to speak a 'perfect' French."

You can listen to the interview here

The Philistine's Marshy in Baie D'Urfé

August 15, 2018, 7 - 9 p.m.
LLP author Leila Marshy, whose first novel is The Philistine, joins writers Marcela Huerta and Carolyn Marie Souaid, with chansonnier Guillaume Jabbour, for a gorgeous summer evening at the Fritz Farm Community Centre, 20477 chemin Lakeshore, Baie-d'Urfé, on Wednesday, August 15th, 7 - 9 p.m 

Yet another great review for Leila Marshy's The Philistine

"What The Philistine does ... is address themes of identity, sexuality, dispossession, and privilege with care and sensitivity." This is part of what Quill & Quire reviewer, Piali Roy, has to say about Leila Marshy's acclaimed first novel in a long and appreciative review in the June issue. 

The Philistine and Hutchison Street featured in The Gazette

June 21, 2018
Both Leila Marshy (The Philistine) and Abla Farhoud (Hutchison Street) are featured in The Montreal Gazette. "The Philistine by Leila Marshy is an affecting coming-of-age story about a Montreal woman’s reckoning with her Palestinian roots, while Abla Farhoud’s Hutchison Street employs a cross-section of anecdotal sketches of the district’s lonely and marginalized to create a powerful shadow-portrait of a neighbourhood."

Jennifer Quist's June 28th Calgary event

June 28, 2018, 7 - 9 p.m.
Star LLP author Jennifer Quist, whose third novel is The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner, will be appearing at the launch of the essay collection Gush: Menstrual Manifestos for our Times along with contributors Karen Keeley, Ingrid Littmann Tai, Shannon Maguire, Micheline Maylor, Nikki Reimer, and editor Ariel Gordon at Calgary's Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, WordFest Space on June 28th, 7-9 p.m.

Phillip Ernest reads from The Vetala in New Liskeard, Ontario

May 24, 2018
Author Phillip Ernest appears at Chat Noir Books in his hometown, New Liskeard, Ontario, to read from his first book, the Sanskrit vampire novel The Vetala. Thank you, Chat Noir!
On Saturday May 26th, he appears at the New Liskeard Public Library.

The Ottawa launch of Leila Marshy's The Philistine

May 15, 2018
This is your chance, Ottawa! The PhilistineLeila Marshy's exciting first novel, will be launched at Ottawa's Octopus Books on Wednesday, 116 3rd Avenue, on May 15th, 6-7 p.m.

The world tour continues. Xue Yiwei is New Zealand!

May 15, 2018
Xue Yiwei's grand tour of literary events and festivals world-wide takes him to New Zealand this week as the guest of the Auckland Writers' Festival, where he is appearing in two different events: "A Foreigner Abroad" and "City Streets." [Photo: Stephane Lavoie]

And now, Xue Yiwei is in Sydney, Australia

May 3, 2018, 3 p.m.
Xue Yiwei is in Sydney, Australia, this week at the invitation of the Sydney Writers' Festival. His first event, an on-stage conversation about his novel Dr. Bethune's Children, with Linda Jaivin, is on Thursday, May 3rd, at 3 p.m., and his second, a panel discussion about the Future of China, with Minghu Chen and Robert E. Kelly, takes place at 11:30 a.m on Friday, May 4th. 

The annual LLP launch at Blue Met!

April 27, 2018, 7 - 8:15 p.m.
Linda Leith Publishing is celebrating spring. Join us for our BIG LAUNCH at Blue MetFriday, April 27, 7 p.m. Free. 
Cristina Carvalho, Phillip Ernest, Abla Farhoud, Leila Marshy, Jennifer Quist, Judith Weisz Woodsworth, Peter Kirby.
Animation: Maurice Forget, Katia Grubisic, Carmelita McGrath, Elise Moser, Kody Sheer, Linda Leith
Salle Godin, HOTEL 10, 10 Sherbrooke W., Montréal.

Phillip Ernest at the Atwater Library

April 26, 2018, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
The Atwater Library and Computer Centre lunchtime series hosts Phillip Ernest reading from his Sanskrit vampire novel The Vetala and chatting with Linda Leith on Thursday, April 26th, starting at 12:30 p.m. Born in New Liskeard, Ontario, Ernest moved from skid row in Toronto to the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Cambridge. He lives in Bengaluru, India. Copies of his novel will be on sale at the event.

Leila Marshy, Ariela Freedman, and Chantal Ringuet at Blue Met Jerusalem panel

April 29, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Authors Ariela Freedman, Leila Marshy, and Chantal Ringuet are all appearing in The Gabriel Safdie Event: Jerusalem of the Mind at the 20th Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival. As Palestinian-Canadian Marshy says, "Jerusalem was a city long dreamed about by people who never saw it, which was then turned into a nightmare for the people who had never left."

Translator Judith Weisz Woodsworth appears in Brooklyn

April 20, 2018, 8 p.m.
The Us & Them Writer-Translator Reading Series features Judith Weisz Woodsworth, translator of Montreal writer Abla Farhoud's Hutchison StreetTaking place on Friday, April 20th, 8 p.m. at Molasses Books, 770 Hart Street, Brooklyn NY 11237 (DeKalb L), the event also includes Jenny McPhee, translator of Curzio Malaparte (Italy),  Sverrir Norland (self-translation, Iceland), and Cristina Pérez Diaz, translator of Julia de Burgos (Puerto Rico).

Whew! And then... Xue Yiwei heads back to Toronto!

April 9, 2018, 7 - 8 p.m.
Xue Yiwei, author of Shenzheners and Dr. Bethune's Children, heads back to Toronto for his second appearance at the Toronto Public Library, this time at the Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hall. 

The first review of The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner is in!

March 24, 2018
The first review of Jennifer Quist's new novel is both thoughtful and appreciative, as well as being very good: "Readers wanting a fast-paced whodunit should look elsewhere. The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner is for those seeking something graver and richer, more nuanced and thought-provoking, something with no easy ending, however the verdict comes back. They will leave it feeling, as Morgan did after finally seeing the inside of the abattoir, “like any new initiate, considering something that was much less and much more than expected, all at once.” Thank you, mRb!  

Terrific mRb review of Leila Marshy's The Philistine!

March 24, 2018
The new mRb is out, with a great review of Leila Marshy's novel! "Nadia’s recognition that her sexuality is more fluid than she had previously understood reinforces that perhaps everything about her is likewise mutable. Marshy’s controlled prose underscores this complexity: “‘I guess I’ll stay in Cairo as long as it takes.’ Then [Nadia] added, realizing it could be anything: ‘Whatever it is.’” The beauty of The Philistine is the novel’s ability to recognize and celebrate journeying across places and into one’s self, even when the destination is perpetually shifting.

Coverage of the Mavis Gallant event at the Atwater Library

March 3, 2018
Great turnout for that Atwater Library event on Mavis Gallant a couple of weeks ago -- and great coverage, too, both in The Gazette and now in the Feb. 27th issue of the Westmount Independent. Lovely crowd, so interested in Mavis, and they even bought a whole bunch of copies of her play What Is To Be Done? (LLP, 2017).

A raft of events coming up with Leila Marshy

April 16, 2018, 7 - 10 p.m.
Please join us for the launch of Leila Marshy's first novel, The Philistine, at Restaurant Kazamaza, 4629 av. du Parc, Montreal, Quebec H2V 4E4, the first in a whole series of events celebrating her book at the Blue Metropolis festival, at Bibliothèque de Rigaud, and at Octopus Books in Ottawa. 

Xue Yiwei speaks at the China Institute in New York City

March 28, 2018, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
This one's in the "wish I could be there" category. Bestselling LLP author Xue Yiwei, author of Dr. Bethune's Children, is speaking about "Navigating China's Complex Literary Scene" at the China Institute, 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006. 
Event Fee: Members Free; Non-Members $10.

Paris Stories: The Writing of Mavis Gallant - film screening

February 15, 2018, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Writer and publisher Linda Leith marks the fourth anniversary of Mavis Gallant's death by screening the film Paris Stories: The Writing of Mavis Gallant. The screening will be followed by discussion, and attendees will have the option of taking part in a free writing activity led by Linda Leith. Atwater Library and Computer Centre auditorium, 1200 Atwater, Montreal.

Xue Yiwei at the Bookworm Festival in Beijing

March 11, 2018, 2 p.m.
Xue Yiwei has a busy couple of months coming up. He's now in Beijing for the Bookworm Literary Festival: FICTIONALISING CHINA features Xue Yiwei, Sun Yisheng, and Zheng Zaihuan. Three talented Chinese novelists and short story writers will discuss their award-winning works and how they take China as both a setting and a character and position it in their prose. This event will be consecutively translated in English and Chinese.

Introducing Phillip Ernest, author of our first ever Sanskrit vampire novel, The Vetala

February 11, 2018

Phillip Ernest is a Canadian writer with an extraordinary personal history, as even the briefest version of his bio suggests: "Born in 1970, Phillip Ernest grew up in New Liskeard, Ontario. Fleeing home at fifteen, he lived on Toronto’s skid row until he was twenty-eight. He learned Sanskrit from the book Teach Yourself Sanskrit, and later earned a BA in South Asian Studies from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Sanskrit from Cambridge."

You can read the first part of Linda Leith's Q & A with Phillip Ernest here and Part II here.

Jennifer Quist launches The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner

April 6, 2018, 7 p.m.
Award-winning novelist Jennifer Quist launches her third book, the brilliant courtroom drama, The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner,  at Audrey's in Edmonton on Friday, April 6th, 7 p.m. [Photo: Linda Leith]

Xue Yiwei at the ImagiNation Festival in Quebec City

April 7, 2018, 1 p.m.
Xue Yiwei, author of Shenzheners and Dr. Bethune's Children, is appearing at the Morrin Centre in Quebec City as part of the ImagiNation Festival on Saturday, April 7th, 1 p.m.

Inspector Luc Vanier's Montreal on All Lit Up

February 6, 2018
Peter Kirby's Inspector Luc Vanier's novels are Montreal novels, revealing the gritty underside of Sin City first in The Dead of Winter -- now an audiobook -- and then in Vigilante Season and the Arthur Ellis Best Novel award-winning Open Season. Thanks to All Lit Up for the feature on Luc Vanier's Montreal!

Breaking news from LLP-LLÉ! Two translations from the Portuguese!

January 29, 2018
Two novels by the distinguished Portuguese author Cristina Carvalho will be published worldwide by Linda Leith Publishing - Linda Leith Éditions in Spring 2018: Rebellion, an English translation by Alexandra Andresen Leitão of Rebeldia, and Modigliani, un roman, the French translation by Sophie Enderlin of the award-winning O Olhar et a Alma - Romance de Modigliani. [Photo: José Lorvão]



Here's the book trailer for The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner!

January 14, 2018.
Jennifer Quist's new novel is a courtroom drama entitled The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner.
Morgan Turner’s grief over her sister’s brutal murder has become a rut, an everyday horror she is caught in along with her estranged parents and chilly older brother. In search of a way out, she delves the depths of a factory abattoir, classic horror cinema -- and the Canadian criminal justice system.
You can link to the book trailer here.

Here's the book trailer for Leila Marshy's novel The Philistine!

January 4, 2018
Dying to find out about Leila Marshy's first novel, The Philistine, which will be published March 9, 2018? Check out the book trailer  here!

Tea and Portuguese books on a wintry January afternoon

January 3, 2018
Linda Leith (right) shares a pot of tea and discusses some recent Portuguese fiction with Luisa Pinto Teixeira and Ingrid Bejerman on a wintry January afternoon in Montreal. [Photo: Ingrid Bejerman]

Aislin at 50: The finale

January 02, 2018
Terry Mosher has been publishing Aislin cartoons in The Gazette for over 50 years, and in almost as many books (three of which are published by LLP). He'll now be reducing his output to just one cartoon a week. To honour the end the year-long series Aislin at 50, Terry lists dozens of the people he has worked with and laughed with over the course of his brilliant career. (The image of a ring that was given to him by his wife Mary represents the number of Gazette editors he has outlasted.) 

A Nobel Prize for Xue Yiwei? Now that's what we call a blog post...

December 26, 2017
"Mr. Xue, and even President Xi are all Dr. Bethune’s children, and by inference also Mao’s children. Nobel Prize for Literature has been very much a political game. I think only about 10% of the winners in last 60 years since WW2 are worthy the prize, certainly not the Chinese winners. After reading only one book by Xue Yiwei, I think he may truly deserve one." -- N. M. Cheung, posting on Hidden Harmonies, 21 November 2017.

Jennifer Quist stories available through Edmonton Airport dispenser!

December 27, 2017
French creator Short Edition, with many Distributeurs d’histoires courtes in Europe, is expanding into North America. “We’re the first one in Canada," says Edmonton organizer Jason Lee Norman. Jennifer Quist The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner (LLP, March 2018), is one of almost 100 authors with works loaded in the unit. Story by Scott Hayes, St. Albert

Dr. Bethune's Children on The Gazette's 2017 best books list

December 23, 2017
Yet another accolade for Dr. Bethune's Children by Xue Yiwei, which makes The Gazette's 2017 best books list!


New on Salon ll : Merry Effing Christmas, by Jonah Campbell

December 22, 2017
"Merry Effing Christmas, or, Giving Rum Another Chance, or, Rum Gives Me Another Chance," is an excerpt from Jonah Campbell's book Eaten Back to Life, published on Salon .ll. just in time for Christmas, by kind permission of Invisible Publishing. Find out more about the book -- and buy yourself a copy --  on the publisher's website here.

Q&Q's best of 2017 list now online

December 11, 2017
Quill & Quire's 2017 Books of the Year  is now online, very much including Ariela Freedman's wonderful novel Arabic for Beginners: "In Arabic for Beginners – her affecting, polished, and deeply confident debut novel – Ariela Freedman presents the Middle East conflict as we’ve rarely seen it, through the eyes of an ambivalent wife and mother. Freedman’s prose is so fluid and flawless that I felt I could trust her, paragraph after paragraph, to take me wherever she wanted to go." –Mark Sampson

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.

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]

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: Free. 

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. 

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!

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.

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).

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]

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]

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.

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.

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.

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]

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 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!

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]

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.