Youthful Confusion: Stéfanie Clermont at TIFA
235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Join Stéfanie Clermont (The Music Game) alongside Wendy Erskine at the Toronto International Festival of Authors for a discussion about the struggles of growing up, as each explores the experience of being young and confused by playing with narrative possibilities. Canadian author Clermont’s The Music Game is a collection of stories that revolve around a group of millennials who have gathered together after their friend commits suicide. Dance Move, Irish author Erskine’s second short story collection, follows a cast of characters as they struggle to gain control of their lives and reminisce about what it was like to be young.
The event will take place in the Brigantine Room (Harbourfront Centre) on Saturday, October 1 at 6:30PM ET. Tickets will go on sale on August 29.
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Friends since grade school, Céline, Julie, and Sabrina come of age at the start of a new millennium, supporting each other and drifting apart as their lives pull them in different directions. But when their friend dies by suicide in the abandoned city lot where they once gathered, they must carry on in the world that left him behind—one they once dreamed they would change for the better. From the grind of Montreal service jobs, to isolated French Ontario countryside childhoods, to the tenuous cooperation of Bay Area punk squats, the three young women navigate everyday losses and fears against the backdrop of a tumultuous twenty-ﬁrst century. An ode to friendship and the ties that bind us together, Stéfanie Clermont’s award-winning The Music Game confronts the violence of the modern world and pays homage to those who work in the hope and faith that it can still be made a better place.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Stéfanie Clermont travelled throughout Canada and the United States, working at a wide variety of jobs, before settling in Montreal in 2012. The Music Game, her first book, won the prestigious Ringuet Prize of the Quebec Academy of Arts and Letters, the Quebec Arts Council’s prize for a new work by a young artist, and the Adrienne Choquette Prize for short stories. It was a finalist for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal and was included in Le Combat des livres, the French-language counterpart of Canada Reads.