Christian Guay-Poliquin

Christian Guay-Poliquin was born just north of the U.S. border in Saint-Armand, Québec. He believes the art of the narrative is grounded in the demands and details of daily life, situated in a world ripe with experience. He is currently developing a doctoral thesis on the hunting narrative. Running on Fumes, his first novel, was published in English by Talonbooks and in French by La Peuplade and Bibliothèque québécoise in Québec, as well as by Phébus in France. His second novel, The Weight of Snow, was published in January by Talonbooks. The French edition, Le Poids De La Neige, again published by La Peuplade, has sold over 25,000 copies. It has received 4 nominations and won 9 awards including the Governer General’s Award for Fiction. It is going to be translated into 8 different languages and the film rights have been sold in France.

On Festival Sunday Christian Guay-Poliquin will be part of our “Cabin Fever” set at The Mill from 1:45-2:45.

Photo credit: Laurence Grandbois-Bernard

The Weight of Snow

A badly injured man. A nationwide power failure. A village buried in snow. A desperate struggle for survival. These are the ingredients of The Weight of Snow, Christian Guay-Poliquin’s riveting new novel. After surviving a major accident, the book’s protagonist is entrusted to Matthias, a taciturn old man who agrees to heal his wounds in exchange for supplies and a chance of escape. The two men become prisoners of the elements and of their own rough confrontation as the centimetres of snow accumulate relentlessly. Surrounded by a nature both hostile and sublime, their relationship oscillates between commiseration, mistrust, and mutual aid. Will they manage to hold out against external threats and intimate pitfalls?