The annual Word on the Street Festival took place in six cities across Canada this past September. CBC Books was at the festival in Toronto, which took place on Sept. 25, and we took the opportunity to ask some of the guest authors and editors what they've been reading.
Drew Nelles is the editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve magazine, which is based in Montreal. Here's what he had to say:
"I'd recommend a book called Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed by Jacob Wren. He's an author currently based in Montreal but he travels a lot. He also does a lot of experimental art in Europe... Revenge Fantasies sounds very much like its title. It's sort of a series of interconnected vignettes told from different narrators' perspectives in a very, very near-dystopian future. The opening chapters are told from the perspective of the third wheel in an activists' love triangle. He's basically trying to break this couple apart...I really like the book because it's just unflinchingly political, it's very earnest, it's very honest and it's very beautifully composed."
Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed
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"Set in a dystopian near-future, Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed is a novel -- a kind of post-capitalist soap opera -- about a group of people who regularly attend 'the meetings.' At the meetings they have agreed to talk, and only talk, about how to re-ignite the left, for fear if they were to do more, if they were to actually engage in real acts of resistance or activism, they would be arrested, imprisoned, or worse. Revenge Fantasies is a book about community. It is also a book about fear. Characters leave the meetings and we follow them out into their lives. The characters we see most frequently are the Doctor, the Writer and the Third Wheel. As the book progresses we see these characters, and others, disengage and re-engage with questions the meetings have brought into their lives..."
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