Hélène Monette wrote this book to honour her sister Thérèse, who passed away in 2005. True to her sister's vision, the poet explores the wonder inhabiting the present moment. With this collection, which was awarded the prestigious Governor General's Award in 2009, the poet offers a celebration of the bond between the two sisters and a moving tribute to their extraordinary friendship. Thérèse pour Joie et Orchestre is her twelfth book, and the first to be translated into English.
Poet and novelist Hélène Monette studied literature, art history and fine arts at UQAM and Concordia. She frequently takes part in literary and arts events and was a member of the Band des poètes, a group of five poets and two musicians which toured Quebec from 2002 to 2006. Active in photography, multimedia and the visual arts, she co-founded the magazine Ciel Variable (CV Photo). Monette has won the Governor General's Award, as well as being short-listed for the award twice. She has also been short-listed for the Prix Émile-Nelligan, the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal, and the Prix Alain-Grandbois.
Jo-Anne Elder is a writer, translator, researcher, and community worker. She has translated over twenty works of poetry, fiction, theatre and non-fiction, as well as film and TV scripts, art catalogues, and children's books. Three of her translations (of works by Françoise Enguehard, Herménégilde Chiasson and Serge Patrice Thibodeau) have been finalists for the Governor General's Literary Award for Translation. Her translations for Guernica include Human Presences & Possible Futures (Robert Dickson) and Moncton Mantra (Gérald Leblanc). She makes her home in Fredericton, NB. Translation Centre.
In Thérèse pour joie et orchestre, the poet transforms the sister she lost to illness into a happy spirit floating over people and places. This elegy — is astonishing in its ability to touch the reader. A magnificent ode in a voice that is generous and powerful. ” Governor General's Literary Award Jury
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