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André Narbonne’s Lucien & Olivia longlisted for the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The debut novel from marine-engineer-turned-English-Professor André Narbonne has been long-listed for the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Lucien and Olivia is a comic statement on the beautiful waywardness of life. Built on scenes of discovery and error, the novel satirizes the transactional view of human relations that has elbowed its way into our lives by way of contemporary political discourse.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize highlights the best of Canadian fiction. Lucien and Oliver was one of 14 selected from 138 books read by the jury.

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  • Join us for our homecoming at the Windsor Club. Featuring SEVEN Black Moss Press authors in a night so fun we can't just call it a reading. This is going to be a Poetry Party! Mary Ann Mulhern Vanessa Shields Peter Hrastovec Laurie Smith Christopher

  • Very Exciting News! Huge Congrats to André Narbonne Lucien & Oliva has been longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

  • Mark your Calendars You're Invited! 4 upcoming Poetry Readings Windsor's Homecoming Sept 14, Kickflip into the sunset Sept 30th, Poetry at the Manor Oct 18th, and Canada's Homecoming Nov 9th All FREE events

  • Black Moss authors André Norbonne and Christopher Lawrence Menard launch their new books at a sold-out event at the Windsor Club.

  • Christopher Lawrence Menard launches his first book – at the end beginnings – A Memoir in Poems – May 11, 2022 at the KordaZone Theatre, 2520 Seminole Street, Windsor. Tickets are free – Space is limited Reserve now: Use Eventbrite call Julienne

  • Black Moss Press proudly present two amazing authors, Andre Narbonne and Peter Hrastovec. Join us for a reading, author talk, Q&A & book signing. Andre Narbonne’s novel Lucien & Olivia is a love story set in Halifax, the Great Lakes, and Eastern Seaboard

  • Featuring three amazing new books and four local authors: • Peter Hrastovec • André Norbonne • Nick Hildenbrand • Jovan Stevanov   April 28, 2022 7 p.m. River Bookshop 67 Richmond St, Amherstburg Space is limited Click here for free tickets

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