5 finalists : Maude Deschênes-Pradet, Marilyne Fortin, Karoline Georges, Michèle Laframboise, Mathieu Villeneuve. Behind, from the selection committee members: Billy Robinson, Guillaume Voisine, and Émilie Boulé-Roy. (Photo credits: Gilles Gagnon)
My science fiction novel “La ruche“ (The hive), published by Les Six Brumes, is featured among the 5 finalists announced for the 2019 Horizons Imaginaires Award.
(Yes, it contains a not-so-discreet homage to the iconic actress! A wonderful cover by Xin Ran Liu)
A selection committee composed of booksellers, publisher and a student has chosen the five books of science fiction/fantasy/horror. The full press release can be read on the website of the magazine Les Libraires.
The announcement was made in a nice bookshop (La librairie de Verdun) which offers a wide selection of books, and even some culinary items of high environmental quality. You can also sip a small coffee at the back.
During the school year, the five novels will be read by hordes of CEGEP students. Mathieu Lauzon-Dicso, who teaches literature at the Montréal Marianopolis College, explained how this prize was born in 2016, thanks to the passion of five students who wanted to further explore the field of Francophone imaginary litterature.
“Unique in Quebec, the Prix des Horizons Imaginaire allows Cegep students to discover science fiction and fantasy written by French-speaking Canadian authors.”
(Which includes Ontario, Whew!)
The winning work will be announced at the 40th Boreal Congress to be held in Sherbrooke. That gives the finalists nine beautiful months to brag!
The list of finalists and their publisher, plus the link to buy the books if you read French. Les Libraires are a network of independant bookstores.
Le Potager, de Marilyne Fortin (Québec Amérique)
Hivernages, de Maude Deschênes-Fortin (Éditions XYZ)
De synthèse, de Karoline Georges (Éditions Alto)
La Ruche, de Michèle Laframboise (Éditions Les Six Brumes)
Borealium tremens, de Mathieu Villeneuve (La Peuplade)