Salon .ll.

Welcome to Salon .ll.

Salon .ll. publishes book reviews, interviews, essays on writers, books, everything that books are about, and the world at large. We look for writing that is smart, succinct and timely. If you would like to contribute to Salon .ll., please send a query to info [a] lindaleith [dot] com with your proposal.

Photo: Contributing editors Annabelle Moreau and Marie-Andrée Lamontagne (left), with directrices littéraires Annie Heminway and Ève Pariseau (right), April 2012. 

Living elsewhere: A Cemetery For Bees

Kenneth Radu
21 April 2021

Kenneth Radu dives into the layers of memory and displacement that is the story of Alina Dumitrescu's childhood in Communist Romania.

Darkness at Noon

Lukas Rowland
18 January 2021

Watching an insurrection from afar is not all it's cracked up to be. Lukas Rowland contemplates the chaos in Washington and if he'll ever be able to go back home again.

Thinking outside the box

Lisanne Gamelin
9 December 2020

What's the take away here? Lisanne Gamelin tackles the latest language kerfuffle in Quebec.

Lebanon: No Going Back

Carolyn Marie Souaid
12 August 2020

Carolyn Marie Souaid remembers a country of promise and hope, but also a land of despair and ruins.

Imagine the Worst that Could Happen

Marianne Ackerman
2 June 2020

The backstage story of Marianne Ackerman’s hit comedy Triplex Nervosa, from kitchen table to opening night and beyond.

Flattening the Curb

Eric Deguire
31 May 2020

Eric Deguire explores how a television program can be a perfect match for these sad and strange times.

The reverse of the world: Letter to Geneviève Brisac

Fanie Demeule
27 April 2020

Fanie Demeule, author of Lightness, addresses a letter to French author Geneviève Brisac, who also wrote a novel (Petite, 1994) based on her teenage years with an eating disorder. Demeule reflects on the relationship between anorexia and writing, as well as on the path Brisac inadvertently laid out for her.

The Way We Live Now, I mean now

Linda Leith
6 April 2020

When it comes to plagues and pestilence, the writers mentioned most often nowadays are Boccaccio, Defoe, Camus, and Garcia Marquez. But it’s Waiting for Godot and a 1986 story by Susan Sontag that come to Linda Leith’s mind.

A Joy to Read

Kenneth Radu
3 March 2020

Kenneth Radu remembers New York while reading Ariela Freedman's Brooklyn-set A Joy To Be Hidden

Review: Smells Like Stars

Leigh Kinch-Pedrosa
4 October 2018

In Leigh Kinch-Pedrosa's review, D. Nandi Odhiambo's new novel is "a swirling, dizzying, drama full of complex characters and high stakes."



Translation: Lu Xun's Voice, II

23 September 2018

Jennifer Quist translates this second piece by Chinese author Lu Xun, work that was carried out as part of her post-graduate work at the University of Alberta. The first piece appears here.



Review: The Pink House

Leigh Kinch-Pedrosa
14 May 2018

Contributing editor Leigh Kinch-Pedrosa reviews The Pink House, the new collection by Montreal writer Licia Canton. 

Q&A: Leila Marshy

20 March 2018

Dynamic Montrealer Leila Marshy has been part of the scene for many years, but now she's come out with her first novel, The Philistine (LLP 2018), and everyone's sitting up and taking notice. 

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