You Will Love at Kingston WritersFest

September 25, 2021 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
You Will Love at Kingston WritersFest

Content warning – this event discusses subject matter that some audience members might find distressing. Discretion is advised.

Brave New Words: A Dark Debut

Kevin Lambert is not even 30 years old, and he is already making a big name for himself in Quebec, and building a reputation for his controversial subjects and powerful, poetic, inventive prose. Here, with the English translation of his first novel, You Will Love What You Have Killed, Kevin will talk about vengeful ghosts, childhood wounds, and one of the most surreal small town depictions in recent literary memory. A strange, dark and rewarding tale for those not averse to a touch of the bizarre. The reading and talk will take place on Saturday, September 25 at 8:30PM EDT.

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Faldistoire’s grandfather thinks he’s a ghost. Sylvie’s mother reads tarot and summons stormclouds to mete her witch’s justice. Behind his Dad of the Year demeanour, Sébastien’s father hides dark designs. It’s Croustine’s grandfather who makes the boy a pair of slippers from the dead family dog, but it’s his father, the cannily-named Kevin Lambert, who always seems to be nearby when tragedy strikes, and in the cemetery, under the baleful eyes of toads, small graves are dug one after the other: Chicoutimi, Quebec, is a dangerous place for children. But these young victims of rape, arbitrary violence, and senseless murder keep coming back from the dead. They return to school, explore their sexualities, keep tabs on grown-up sins—and plot their apocalyptic retribution.

Surreal and darkly comic, this debut novel by Kevin Lambert, one of the most celebrated and controversial writers to come out of Quebec in recent memory, takes the adult world to task—and then takes revenge.


Born in 1992, Kevin Lambert grew up in Chicoutimi, Quebec. He earned a master’s degree in creative writing at the Université de Montréal. His first novel, You Will Love What You Have Killed, was widely acclaimed, won a prize for the best novel from the Saguenay region, and was a finalist for Quebec’s Booksellers’ Prize. His second novel, Querelle de Roberval, has been acclaimed in both Quebec, where it was nominated for four literary prizes, and France, where it was a finalist for the prestigious Prix Médicis and the literary prize of the Paris newspaper Le Monde, and won the Marquis de Sade Prize. Lambert lives in Montreal.


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