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Author Angie Abdou adores the Habs

angieabdou.jpgAngie Abdou's novel "The Bone Cage" takes us inside the world of two elite athletes who are trying to qualify for the Olympics.

It's a Canada Reads contender, defended by Georges Laraque.

Homerun Web journalist Tanya Birkbeck spoke to her:

I hear you and your family are big Habs fans?


Yes! My husband was born in South Africa but grew up in Hawkesbury. He became totally immersed in French culture.

We live in the country, but whenever we talk about moving to the city, he says "Only if it's Montreal." I think he thinks all anyone does there is drink beer, watch hockey and sit around and talk to pretty French girls.

We are such big Habs fans, I think my sons first words were Carey Price! So you can imagine how excited I was when I found out Georges Laraque was defending my book.

And is it true that your family became vegan because of Georges Laraque?

I could easily be vegetarian. But it's funny coming from my husband who loves to BBQ a big steak. But he would always say "Georges says..." While Georges Laraque was on the Habs, we ate vegan, or at least vegetarian.

What are your favourite vegan dishes?

Couscous salad, bean salad, vegetables.

Have you met Georges Laraque?

We spent the day in Toronto together for the launch of Canada Reads. Since then we've kept in touch over e-mail and phone. We are strategizing. He's so competitive. It's fun.


Listen to Angie"s conversation with Sue.

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