We’re excited to share that this morning at 10 AM ET, CBC announced the longlist for Canada Reads 2024. Among them is The Future by Catherine Leroux (translated by Susan Ouriou) which was published by Biblioasis on September 5, 2023.
The Future has received many glowing reviews and was named one of CBC Books’ Best Books of 2023. Additionally it was listed by the Globe and Mail, Kirkus Reviews, Tor.com, Lit Hub and Book Riot as one of the most anticipated titles of 2023. A Kirkus starred review praised The Future for
“Elevating disparate voices, drawing a complex picture of community-focused life beyond the family unit.”
“Catherine Leroux has been a favourite here at the press for nearly a decade, a writer of elegance and vision,” said Dan Wells, Biblioasis Publisher. “We’re grateful that this Canada Reads spotlight will help bring more readers to her work.”
CBC’s Canada Reads is a Canadian book debate that has been airing annually for more than twenty years. Ali Hassan will host the 23rd competition, in which a panel of five celebrity advocates will champion Canadian books. Each day of the competition, one book will be eliminated by the panelists until a winner is declared the must-read book for Canadians in 2024. More information on the program and the nominated titles is available at cbcbooks.ca.
Order your copy of The Future here!
In an alternate history in which the French never surrendered Detroit, children protect their own kingdom in the trees.
In an alternate history of Detroit, the Motor City was never surrendered to the US. Its residents deal with pollution, poverty, and the legacy of racism—and strange and magical things are happening: children rule over their own kingdom in the trees and burned houses regenerate themselves. When Gloria arrives looking for answers and her missing granddaughters, at first she finds only a hungry mouse in the derelict home where her daughter was murdered. But the neighbours take pity on her and she turns to their resilience and impressive gardens for sustenance.
When a strange intuition sends Gloria into the woods of Parc Rouge, where the city’s orphaned and abandoned children are rumored to have created their own society, she can’t imagine the strength she will find. A richly imagined story of community and a plea for persistence in the face of our uncertain future, The Future is a lyrical testament to the power we hold to protect the people and places we love—together.
Catherine Leroux is a Quebec novelist, translator and editor born in 1979. Her novel Le mur mitoyen won the France-Quebec Prize and its English version, The Party Wall, was nominated for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The Future received the Jacques-Brossard award for speculative fiction and was nominated for the Quebec Booksellers Prize. Catherine also won the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award for her translation of Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien. Two of her novels are currently being adapted for the screen. She lives in Montreal with her two children.
Susan Ouriou is an award-winning fiction writer and literary translator with over sixty translations and co-translations of fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young-adult literature to her credit. She has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation for which she has also been shortlisted on five other occasions. Many of her young adult translations have made the IBBY Honor List. She has also published two novels, Damselfish and Nathan, edited the anthologies Beyond Words – Translating the World and Languages of Our Land – Indigenous Poems and Stories from Quebec and contributed a one-act play to the upcoming anthology Many Mothers – Seven Skies. Susan lives in Calgary, Alberta.