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About the Series

How well do you know French Canadian literature? 

Even though we are surrounded by so many wonderful French books here in Quebec, sometimes even serious literature buffs have trouble crossing the the linguistic divide. 

Over the course of five weeks, starting February 25, Thomas Hellman will act as an ambassador for French Canadian literature, introducing us each week to a book that he considers essential reading to understand the psyche of modern-day French Canadian society. 

Meanwhile, Montreal writer Monique Polak will represent the English community on Radio Canada's book show Plus on est de fous, plus on lit. She will be presenting a must-read book in English each Tuesday on that show. 

Follow along as we create a bi-lingual and bi-cultural essential reading list. 

You can also follow the project in French on Zone D'Écriture

Of course, we want to hear which books you think should be on the list. 

In the end, we will have five English books, plus five French books. That adds up to a fresh and contemporary list of 10 Essential Canadian books.