Sandbar is a collection of vignettes set at The Sandbar, a small-town watering hole in Northern Michigan owned by an eccentric man and his wife, where their Nephew gains an appreciation for exotic cocktails and sherry at an early age. Sandbar follows Nephew's experiences growing up in the American Heartland of the 1950s and 60's at The Sandbar.
About the authors
Jean-Paul Daoust is a Québécois poet, essayist, and author. He has published thirty books of poetry and two novels since 1976, including Les cendres bleues which won the Governor General’s Award in 1990. Daoust received the Grand Prix at the Trois-Rivières Poetry Festival in 2009 for Le vitrail brisé and the Gatien-Lapointe-Jaime Sabines Poetry Prize in 2012.
Susan Ouriou is an award-winning literary translator who has translated the fiction of Quebec, Latin-American, French and Spanish authors. She won Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation in 2009 for Pieces of Me by Charlotte Gingras, after first being shortlisted for The Road to Chlifa by Michèle Marineau and then for Necessary Betrayals by Guillaume Vigneault. The Road to Chlifa was also awarded an honour list placing by IBBY (International Board of Books for Youth) as were Naomi and Mrs. Lumbago by Gilles Tibo, This Side of the Sky by Marie-Francine Hébert and Pieces of Me. Necessary Betrayals was also voted one of the 100 best books of 2002 by the Globe and Mail. Another translation, The Thirteenth Summer by José Luis Olaizola, was runner-up for the John Glassco Translation Prize. She has worked as the director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre and as faculty for the Banff Centre's Aboriginal Emerging Writers residency. She is the editor of the 2010 anthology Beyond Words – Translating the World.