About the Author

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David Homel has translated over 30 books, many by Quebec authors. He won the Governor General's Literary Award in translation in 1995 for Why Must a Black Writer Write About Sex? by Dany Laferrière; his translation of Laferrière's How to Make Love to a Negro was nominated in 1988; and he won the prize in 2001 with fellow translator Fred A. Reed for Fairy Wing. His novels, which include Sonya & Jack, Electrical Storms, and The Speaking Cure have been published in several languages. Homel lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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Get on Top

Get on Top

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Lunging into the Underbrush

Lunging into the Underbrush

A Life Lived Backward
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Mapping Literature

Mapping Literature

The Art and Politics of Translation
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Midway

Midway

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Speaking Cure, The

Speaking Cure, The

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Summer in the City
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Was this supposed to be a change? No way. We lived here every day of the year. I knew every detail by heart. I knew the neighbor across the street would come out the next minute to water his lawn. And he did.

This wasn’t going to be a vacation at all. A vacation is when you go somewhere special and see new things and do stuff you’ve never done before. A vacation means going, not staying . . .

“A stay-cation,” I said to Max. “I wonder where Dad got that one.”

“I’d rather go on a go-cation.”

Then he laughed his head off.

* * *

“See that orange truck?” Max whispered. “The guy inside it is an ax murderer.” He ducked his head. “Here he comes. Stay down!”

An ax murderer? What was Max talking about?

The next minute, an ancient truck moved past our house, so slowly I could have beaten it in a foot race. The truck didn’t have any doors, and standing at the steering wheel was a man even more ancient than the truck. The lines on his face were so deep you could have drowned in them. He was steering with one hand and ringing a bell with the other.

The truck was covered with drawings of knives, scissors and axes.

“Look – knives!” Max whispered. “I told you so.”

The truck stopped right in front of our house. I could have explained to Max that it was Tony the Knife Sharpener and not Tony the Bloodthirsty Criminal, but why not have a little fun? After all, there wasn’t anything else to do.

“You’re right,” I said to Max. “We’d better go investigate.”

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The Fledglings

The Fledglings

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Travels in Cuba
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Here we were in the middle of nowhere, not knowing anyone, and we had no place to stay.

And the sun would be going down soon.

Even Max knew better than to say anything.

In the silence, I heard a clip-clop, and looked up. A big brown horse was coming slowly down the road in our direction. A barefoot boy a little older than me was riding him, without a saddle. I wondered how he managed not to fall off.

He stopped in front of us. He looked at us standing there with our bags in front of the closed garden gate.

“Hotel problem?” he said.

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Travels with My Family /hc
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We had been hearing about Hurricane Bob on the radio all week long. After a while, I got pretty tired of it. How can you take a hurricane seriously when its name is Bob? No offense to people named Bob, but it's just not a very scary name. If I was in charge of naming hurricanes, I would call them Hurricane Hulk, or Demon, or Destroyer. Now that would scare people! We had rented a cottage right by the ocean. We were so close to the water that you could sit on the front porch and spit watermelon seeds into the Atlantic. Or almost. And there were blueberry bushes, too, with tiny fruit the size of a baby's fingernail. My brother and I picked the berries right off the bushes for breakfast. The other fun things you could eat were the sea urchins that lived in the water. They were brown, prickly animals with poisonous spines. You smashed them open with a hatchet, and there was an orange part inside that supposedly tasted really good, like the ocean. Or so my father said. I tried one, and that was enough. My brother pretended to throw up just looking at them. Our cat, Miro, loved Maine. It was a lot better than being in a boiling-hot car. He had never been to the sea before. Every evening, he went down to the pebbly beach to chase the little green crabs that lived there. When he caught one, or, should I say, when one caught him by pinching his nose, he wished he hadn't, because crabs never let go. But Miro never learned. He caught furry brown wood mice, too, and left them on the porch in front of the door. My mother would scream every time she stepped on one in her bare feet, first thing in the morning.

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A Covenant of Salt

A Covenant of Salt

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A Covenant of Salt e-book

A Covenant of Salt e-book

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All That Glitters

All That Glitters

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All That Glitters ebook

All That Glitters ebook

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Bitter Rose

Bitter Rose

by Martine Delvaux
translated by Fred Reed
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Body Music

Body Music

by Julie Maroh
translated by Fred Reed
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Céline

Céline

The Authorized Biography
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Céline Dion and René Angelil Library Bundle

Céline Dion and René Angelil Library Bundle

Céline / René Angelil: The Making of Céline Dion
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Ciel

Ciel

by Sophie Labelle
translated by Fred Reed
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Down among the Dead Men

Down among the Dead Men

by Dany Laferrière
translated by Fred Reed
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Fairy Ring

Fairy Ring

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Foucault against Himself

Foucault against Himself

edited by Francois Caillat
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Heart Is an Involuntary Muscle, The

Heart Is an Involuntary Muscle, The

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How to Make Love to a Negro (Without Getting Tired)

How to Make Love to a Negro (Without Getting Tired)

A Novel
by Dany Laferrière
translated by Fred Reed
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Hysteric

Hysteric

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Kuessipan

Kuessipan

by Naomi Fontaine
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Maleficium

Maleficium

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Maleficium ebook

Maleficium ebook

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Mr. Once-Upon-A-Time

by Remy Simard
illustrated by Pierre Pratt
translated by Fred Reed
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Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin

The Warrior Medusa
by Martine Delvaux
translated by Fred Reed
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Return, The

Return, The

by Dany Laferrière
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Saigon Calling

Saigon Calling

London 1963-75
by Marcelino Truong
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Skandalon

Skandalon

by Julie Maroh
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Such a Lovely Little War

Such a Lovely Little War

Saigon, 1961-63
by Marcelino Truong
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Suite Francaise: Storm in June

Suite Francaise: Storm in June

A Graphic Novel
by Emmanuel Moynot
translated by Fred Reed
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Swimming in Darkness

Swimming in Darkness

by Lucas Harari
translated by Fred Reed
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Taximan

Taximan

Stories and Anecdotes from the Back Seat
by Stanley Péan
translated by Fred Reed
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The Baldwins

The Baldwins

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The Case of Alan Turing

The Case of Alan Turing

The Extraordinary and Tragic Story of the Legendary Codebreaker
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The Green Chamber

The Green Chamber

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The Inverted Gaze

The Inverted Gaze

Queering the French Literary Classics in America
by Francois Cusset
translated by Fred Reed
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The Last Genet

The Last Genet

A Writer in Revolt
by Hadrien Laroche
translated by Fred Reed
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The Rat People

The Rat People

A Journey through Beijing's Forbidden Underground
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The Weight of Snow

The Weight of Snow

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The World Is Moving around Me

The World Is Moving around Me

A Memoir of the Haiti Earthquake
by Dany Laferrière
translated by Fred Reed
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Wildlives

Wildlives

A Novel
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Women and Power

Women and Power

The Case for Parity
by Pascale Navarro
translated by Fred Reed
introduction by Sue Montgomery
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Zora, A Cruel Tale

Zora, A Cruel Tale

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