Serge Patrice Thibodeau
photo by Antonio D’Alfonso
photo by Mary McGrath
by Serge Patrice Thibodeau
Jonathan Kaplansky, translator
Release: April 2005
All English rights available
French & other rights: Les Éditions Perce-Neige
Poetry (BISAC: POE011000)
111 pp, 5.5 x 8.5, trade paper
ISBN 978-1-55391-035-0 or 1-55391-035-4
Awards for Que repose
Prix Atnoine-Maillet, 2005
Prix Eloizes, 2005
"With Que repose, Serge Patrice Thibodeau puts forward a work of fullness as well as detachment . . . [T]he reader comes away from reading the collection with a powerful impression of quiet reflexion. This poetry cannot be accused of turning away from the present, of denying the inequities of the world; however, there is no judgmentalism here. That is the strength of the collection: forging an alliance between a global conscience and consciousness and a personal search."
Stéphane Despatie, Voir Montréal Web
A new book from the Governor General’s Literary Award-winning author.
Noted for its musicality and its ample, expansive lyricism, Acadian Serge Patrice Thibodeau’s poetry reveals a new dimension in this collection. Far from the symphonic portraits that characterize the poet’s previous work, Let Rest is similar to a suite for cello solo or a small chamber music ensemble with distinctive, intimate, contemplative language. These lines of poetry are murmured, practically whispered, the stanza making use of the ellipsis. The angry, melancholic, and tormented tone seen in the poet’s previous work gives way to the desire to convey poetry freed from revolt, sadness, and indignation. What results is a mitigated tension that strives for joy and is serene rather than impassioned, one emanating from rest: rest of the body, the mind, the soul, and especially of the heart.
Let Rest is a translation of Que repose (Perce-Neige, 2004), Thibodeau’s eleventh book of poetry. Serge Patrice Thibodeau is only the second Acadien poet to have a full poetry collection translation published in English! The other is The Honourable Herménégilde Chiasson, a fellow Governor General’s Literary Award-winning Acadien poet and the Lieutenant Governor of the Province of New Brunswick.
Serge Patrice Thibodeau left New Brunswick in 1976 when he was 17, to go to the Ivory Coast. He has lived in Montréal since 1986. Thibodeau now shares his time between Montréal and Monctonwhere he is the new directeur littéraire for Les Éditions Perce-Neige.
Between 1990 and 2004, Thibodeau published two books of non-fiction, with a third in the works for autumn 2005, and eleven collections of poetry. He won the Prix France-Acadie (1991) for La Septième Chute, the Émile Nelligan prize (1992) for Le Cycle de Prague, the Edgar-Lespérance prize (1994) for L’Appel des mots: Lecture de Saint-Denys Garneau, the Grand Prix du Festival international de la Poésie de Trois-Rivières (1995) for Le Quatuor de l’errance and for Nous, l’étranger, and the Governor General’s Literary Award (1996) for Le Quatuor de l’errance. In 2001, he received the Prix Éloizes and was named artist of the year in literature by the Académie des Arts et des Lettres de l’Atlantique, for Le Roseau.
On the international conference circuit, Thibodeau lectures on human rights and on minority francophone cultures in the Americas. He was a writer-in-residence in Amsterdam in 2003, on an exchange between the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Fonds néerlandais des lettres, in 2004 at Université de Poitiers (France) and at Université du Québec, Montréal, and in spring 2005 he was writer-in-residence at Université de Moncton.
Jonathan Kaplansky works as a literary translator in Ottawa, Ontario. Like Serge Patrice, he is a native of New Brunswick. He spent his early childhood in Saint John before moving to Montreal. He completed Master’s degrees at both the University of Ottawa and at McGill. He has translated works by Hélène Rioux, Sylvie Massicotte, Robert Dickson, Denise Desautels, Michel Cormier and Hervé Dumont.
• launch: Moncton, Fredericton, Ottawa, etc.
• national media and review copy mailout
23 April 2005, 10 am: book launchSerge Patrice Thibodeau and Jonathan Kaplansky @ Festival littéraire international Northrop Frye International Literary Festival, Moncton, NB
5 May 2005, 7 pm: Serge Patrice Thibodeau @ Westminster Books, 445 King St, Fredericton, NB.
17 June 2005, 7:30 pm: Jonathan Kaplansky @ Mother Tongue Books, Ottawa, ON
30 Sept.-2 Oct. 2005: Serge Patrice Thibodeau and Jonathan Kaplansky @ Side by Side Festival Côte à Côte, Fredericton & Moncton, NB.
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