Un lien familial by Nadine Bismuth, defended by France D'Amour, wins Combat des livres 2020

Singer-songwriter France D'Amour, representing Quebec, is the 2020 winner after Ontario's champion Dominique Demers was eliminated by public vote.
Un lien familial by Nadine Bismuth (right), defended by Quebec singer-songwriter France D'Amour, has won Combats national des livres 2020. (Éditions du Boréal, Francois Tourville, Julie Perreault)

Un lien familial by Nadine Bismuth, defended by France D'Amour, has won Combat national des livres 2020 after five days of debate on Radio-Canada.

Bismuth's novel follows a 40-year-old kitchen designer named Magalie, who maintains a mutually deceptive romance with her partner Mathieu. Unexpected circumstances lead her to Guillaume, a policeman and single father.

The "novel of modern love" will be published in English under the title A Family Affair in August 2020.

D'Amour is an acclaimed singer-songwriter whose albums include D'amour et Rock'n'roll, Bubble bath & Champagne, volume 1&2 and Animal.

France D'Amour is once again showing off her jazzy side with her new album, Bubble Bath & Champagne, Vol. 2. The singer-songwriter, known best for her rock days, joined the CBC's Rachelle Solomon in studio to talk about her latest project.

Each of the Combat national des livres contenders represented different regions of Canada.

D'Amour won as the representative of Quebec, knocking out Ontario's Dominique Demers defending La mauvaise mère by Marguerite Andersen in the final round.

Combat national des livres was moderated by Marie-Louise Arsenault, the host of Radio-Canada's Plus on est de fous, plus on lit!

The show took place May 4-8, 2020. The winner was decided by public vote.

The Combat national des livres 2020 contenders were:

  • Un lien familial by Nadine Bismuth, defended by Quebec champion France D'Amour
  • La mauvaise mère by Marguerite Andersen, defended by Ontario champion Dominique Demers
  • Moncton Mantra by Gérald Leblanc, defended by Atlantic champion Julie Aubé
  • Cheval Indian by Richard Wagamese, defended by First Nations, Inuit and Métis champion Romeo Saganash
  • Le soleil du lac qui se couche by J.R. Léveillé, defended by Western Canada champion Alpha Toshineza

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