Excerpts from the fourth reading hosted at the university in conjunction with the publication of TCR‘s winter 2013 narrative issue.
Gail Scott’s new novel, The Obituary (Coach House, 2010), finalist for the 2011 Grand prix du livre de Montréal (Montréal Book Prize), is a ghost story whose fractalled narrator is haunted by the voices of Indigenous ancestors, as well as by generations of people passing below her Montréal triplex window. Other novels are My Paris (Mercury, 1999; Dalkey Archive, 2003), Main Brides (Coach House, 1993) and Heroine (Coach House, 1987). Spare Parts Plus 2 (Coach House, 2002), is a collection of stories and manifestos. She is the author of the essay collection Spaces Like Stairs (Women’s Press, 1989) and, with Nicole Brossard et al, la théorie, un dimanche (Remue-ménage, 1988). The new narrative anthology Biting The Error (Coach House 2004), edited with Bob Gluck, Camille Roy, and Mary Berger, was shortlisted for a Lambda award. Her play Werther, Alive on the Radio, was performed by Poets Theatre in San Francisco in January 2013. Scott’s translation of Michael Delisle’s Le Déasarroi du matelot was shortlisted for the Governor General’s award in translation (2001). She is co-founder of the critical French-language journal Spirale (Montréal) and Tessera. She teaches Creative Writing at Université de Montréal.