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10 Essential Books: February 2012 Archives

Anne of Green Gables

This week, Monique Polak chose Anne of Green Gables, written by Lucy Maud Montgomery in 1908. 

Here is what Monique says about why she chose this book: 

There is no resisting Anne Shirley, the mischievous, outspoken and  huge-hearted heroine of this novel. Originally written for adults,  Anne of Green Gables was appropriated by a younger audience. This  book for readers of all ages is about friendship (Anne Shirley longs,  as we all do, for "a kindred spirit"), the bonds of community and the  power of imagination.
Listen to Monique explain why she chose Anne of Green Gables (in English):
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Le Survenant

For the first week of 10 Essential Books, Thomas Hellman brought Le Survenant to the Cinq à Six studio. 

Listen to him explain why he chose this book as his first entry on the list of 10 Essential Books: 

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Thomas Hellman

Thomas Hellman will be presenting his Top Five Francophone Canadian Books on Cinq à Six

Known as a singer-songwriter in Quebec, Thomas Hellman was a judge on Combat des livres (the French version of Canada Reads) in 2010. 

Since then, he has been indulging his passion for literature as a regular book columnist on Radio-Canada's Plus on est de fous, plus on lit

In January 2012, he was invited to give "literary concert" at the Studio littéraire de la Place des Arts, where he performed music and readings from some of his favourite texts. 

He holds a Masters Degree in French Literature from McGill University. 

Monique Polak

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Monique Polak will be presenting her Top Five English Canadian Books on Plus on est de fou, plus on lit, a Radio-Canada national radio show about books, reading and writing. 

She is the author of 12 novels for young adults, including What World is Left?, which is based on the story of her own mother's experience in a Nazi Concentration camp. That book won the the 2009 Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and YA Literature. 

Monique also works as a freelance journalist.

Her writing has appeared in The Montreal Gazette and Macleans Magazine. 

Monique teaches English and Humanities at Marianapolis College in Montreal.