Literary Tourist Guide to Montreal

Novels and Writers of Montreal

Novels that have Montreal as a lead character include Gabrielle Roy’s The Tin Flute (Bonheur d'occasion), which captures urban life in the  St-Henri neighbourhood, and Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and St. Urbain's Horsemen which depict English-Jewish life in the Mile End.

Others include:

Heather O’Neill, Lullabies for Little Criminals 

Zoe Whittall, Bottle Rocket Hearts 

Alice Zorn, Arrythmia 

Rawi Hage, Cockroach 

Emily St. John Mandel, Last Night in Montreal 

Gwethalyn Graham, Earth and High Heaven

Many call Montreal-native Irving Layton Canada's greatest poet.

In much of his work, author Michel Tremblay captures the alienation of poor working-class Franco-Montrealers circa 1960-1965, during Quebec's Quiet Revolution. The best selling novel in Québécois literature, Yves Beauchemin's The Alley Cat (Le Matou), looks at the same population twenty years later.

Émile Ollivier, (La Brûlerie), portrays French-speaking immigrants in the Côte-des-Neiges neighborhood; and you'll find plenty of schools and libraries not only in Montreal, but throughout the entire province of Quebec, named after the nineteenth-century poet Émile Nelligan.

Montreal spawned literary modernism in English-speaking Canada. The movement was led by poets such as A.M. Klein and F.R. Scott in the mid-1920's.

Each Spring Montreal hosts Blue Metropolis, one of the largest and best multi-lingual literary festivals in the world 

Address: Montreal, QC, CA
Author(s): Gabrielle Roy, Mordecai Richler, Irving Layton , Michel Tremblay, Yves Beauchemin, Émile Ollivier, Émile Nelligan A.M. Klein and F.R. Scott


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