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Sweet Saturday: Anna Leventhal’s Toronto launch slated for May 3

They say the book tour is a thing of the past, but tell that to Anna Leventhal. First feted in her adopted home of Montreal, Sweet Affliction (Invisible Publishing, 2014), Leventhal’s debut collection of expertly crafted stories, is slated for a second launch this Saturday. Lucky Torontonians will be privy to both a reading by the author and a discussion with Leventhal and Pasha Malla, author of The Withdrawal Method and People Park.

cover for Sweet Affliction by Anna LeventhalPublished only two weeks ago, Sweet Affliction is already attracting attention of discerning readers. Cult MTL reviewer Shannon Tien observed that Leventhal’s stories “possess that authentic quality that confirms their previous existence in the archives of lived experience,” and praised the way the stories thwart our temptation to brand them “quirky.” Writing in the National Post‘s The Afterword, Sean Michaels provided a dust jacket-worthy assessment of Sweet Affliction: “These are serious, vivacious tales, punk-rock and clear-eyed: Karen Russell corkscrewed with Joan Didion, and as compulsive to read as a Michael Chabon novel at full gallop.” With buzz like this, is it any wonder that Sweet Affliction was one of Librarie Drawn & Quarterly’s Books of the Week for the week of April 17?

Still not sure what to expect at a launch for a book as irreverent and incisive as Leventhal’s? A play-by-play of the Montreal launch is up at the Librarie Drawn & Quarterly blog. Hope to see you on Saturday!

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