(in chronological order)
Montreal Noir – TBR 11/7/17
Brand-new stories by: Patrick Senécal, Tess Fragoulis, Howard Shrier, Michel Basilières, Rob Pobi, Samuel Archibald, Geneviève Lefebvre, Ian Truman, Johanne Seymour, Arjun Basu, Martin Michaud, Melissa Yi, Catherine McKenzie, Peter Kirby, and Brad Smith.
Montreal is noir, the birthplace of Leonard Cohen, Saul Bellow, Michel Tremblay, Mordecai Richler, and Oscar Peterson. It’s unsettling, it’s subversive, it’s palpable, but it’s never obvious. Montreal’s long history is dominated by cultures coming together, almost. And coming apart, almost. And continuing, always. Here, French and English writers explore the underside of the Sin City of the north.
One of the oldest cities in North America, Montreal seems to be in a constant state of flux, changing its personality every few decades. Today Montreal has its own language, Franglais (or Frenglish), and maybe the first word spoken in that language was noir . . .
This collection, with voices of French and English writers, visits many neighborhoods and combines them into something that is, if not totally coherent, at least as coherent as the beautiful mess that is Montreal . . . Each neighborhood is different, and of course, each Montrealer (Montréalais) is different, making up the pieces of the mosaic of our city. Some are bright and shiny, others are darker and somber, but all have a shadow in the noir. 2017 marks Montreal’s 375th birthday, and we’re pleased to add this collection to the literary life of an amazing city.
Dancing with a Switchblade: Selected Poems
Available on KINDLE
Dancing with a switchblade provides some of Truman’s most mature work to date where the burning rage of youth begins to make way to a better understanding of the trappings of the world.
Openly influenced by the likes of Al Purdy and Charles Bukowski, it combines influences from some of the world’s best lyricists in the likes of Henry Rollins, Trent Reznor or Johnny Cash.
This collection is a celebration of all things of life: hurt, pain, anxiety, beauty, love, fighting the good fight, sticking to what you know and doing more with less. Most of all, Dancing with a Switchblade is a celebration of the creative act of writing and hopes to provide an enduring snapshot of the working class today.
Grand Trunk and Shearer (D’Arcy Kennedy Vol. 1)
When Cillian Kennedy’s body was fished out of the canal, no one believed his death was due to natural causes.
But when the police wrote it off as an accidental death, four of his friends and family roamed the city in the search of any clue that may lead to the killer.
Answers were found down dead end roads, on the edge of the industrial harbour front, in an abandoned building now a crack den, through obscure networks of anti-racist skinheads, the racist Heritage Front, former gay bashers, the flailing Irish mob and the Mohawk MMA circuit.
Featuring some of Montreal’s most notorious neighbourhoods, and told in a uniquely gritty raconteur voice, GRAND TRUNK AND SHEARER offers more than the typical run-of-the-mill mystery novel. At a crossroads between noir, private eye and literary fiction, it is a book that will please those who have come to ask more of the genre with profound characterization, down to earth style, minimalist setting, believable violence and flawless dialogue.
***Praise for Grand Trunk and Shearer***
“D’Arcy Kennedy’s search for his brother’s killer is a gut-wrenching trip into a world of people left behind by gentrification, forgotten by changing politics and trying to hang onto what little family they have left. It’s authentic, it’s raw, and it’s got heart. It’s a trip worth taking.”
—John McFetridge, author of A Little More Free
“The definition of noir is working-class tragedy and GRAND TRUNK AND SHEARER has it aplenty.” – Terri Nolan – THE BIG THRILL – The Magazine of the International Thriller Writers.
Crass – Poems of Ordinary Havoc
Crass is the danger of stillness
Crass is the will to action
Crass are the pitfalls of hatred
And the narrow paths of love.
These poems of ordinary havoc
Are a call to arms
Entrenched in dirty realism
Grounded by raconteurs
And a heartfelt dose of satire.
Available on AMAZON KINDLE
A Teenage Suicide
WINNER : 2013 Expozine Alternative Press Award for Best English Book – Montreal, Canada
“Truman’s third self-published novel follows a group of friends working through late adulthood issues of identity, depression, and lots of tough choices. Set in and around Montreal and in particular its punk, art, activist and student scenes, its down-to-earth raconteur style provides an enduring snapshot of young-adult life in the big city today.” – Expozine Awards (about A Teenage Suicide)
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About A Teenage Suicide
“All they really wanted to do was fuck around, be creative, listen to music, skateboard or go to shows. People kept telling them growing up was supposed to be tough but it’s not like they didn’t know that already. Timmy had listened. Timmy had finished school and got himself a job. That didn’t stop him from running his van into a pillar one night so what was the fucking use? Nobody seemed to have an answer.“
Conor and his friends are growing up in a one factory town where the most likely employment prospect is the assembly line or the farmer’s coop. Aiming higher than the local college, Conor finds himself spending more and more time in downtown Montreal, discovering himself through punk and hardcore music. But as his girlfriend wants nothing to do with the city and his friend Jake loses his brother when the factory closes, Conor’s ambitions could require him to burn bridges he might not be ready to burn.
With A TEENAGE SUICIDE, Ian wanted to write a story about kids making decisions and kids making mistakes. Stylistically, it is fair to mention influences of Truman Capote and Mordecai Richler. Imagine of the “cold-hard-fact” descriptions of In Cold Blood mixed with the realistic and witty dialogue of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.
Ian Truman is a hardcore kid turned writer. He proudly claims to be from a working class family and has been straight edge and vegetarian for at least a decade now. He hopes to bring the passion, verve and dedication of hardcore into the art form of the novel. Born and raised in Montreal, he is a graduate of Concordia University’s creative writing program. A Teenage Suicide is his third novel.
“Ian Truman doesn’t lecture young minds. He rather speaks with them as he explains the beauties and the hardships of adult life in their own words. A TEENAGE SUICIDE will fascinate the young and bring a wave of nostalgia to the old better than a cool summer night can.” – Benoit Lelièvre, Dead End Follies.
I didn’t try to reinvent language. I have little use for new ways to twist your tongue and play with words.This is not that kind of book, these are not those kinds of poems. Most of them do not follow any specific form and it wasn’t even intentional.
Most of them just got out that way and I decided to remain as truthful to the original feeling of the poem as possible. In all things of life, I am a pretty straight forward man. Northern Gothic is a collection of tall tales, slices of life, changes of heart struggles, hopes and contradictions.
It’s about real life, about living in the east end of Montreal, dreaming about the north, working in warehouses and factories, trying to go to back to school or founding a family.
It ain’t always pretty and it ain’t always bad. One thing is for sure, these poems are always honest and that’s one thing we could all use a bit more of these days.
“Low Down” is a 62000 words self-published novel.
Samuel Lee has known three days of freedom in the last eighteen years. Three days to come out of prison, see his daughter, settle a score with the mother of his child and her dangerous new boyfriend. Finding shelter in the unlikely company of a group of prostitutes, Sam will have to challenge his friends, his family, and ultimately, himself.
Told in the tradition of the best literary noir, Low Down is a modern and gritty take on the genre. Inspired by the cinema of Akira Kurosawa and Samuel Fuller as well as the music of Tom Waits, Sage Francis, Neurosis and Marilyn Manson, it is a novel that is sure to please anyone who has ever found themselves trapped and cast aside from the world.
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A few reviews :
“Truman has an incredible ear for dialogue […] There aren’t two pens like [his] in the writing business. – Dead End Follies.
“Bottom line is that Ian Truman is worth keeping an eye on if you aren’t already.” – Spinetingler Mag.
“An evocative tour of a Montreal now lost with a thread of believable violence that runs through both the characters and the places themselves. Oh, and a lot of blood.”
– Jessica Rose Marcotte, Author of A Repository of Immature Fiction.
“While it was at times difficult to follow the dialogue due to the dialect the story uses, the writing is emotionally powerful and exposes the soul of a man condemned to life in prison. It was difficult to read at times due to the nature of the topic, but powerful in the way that Steinbech’s novel explored the underbelly of society in his reaction to war.” – Books, Books, and More Books (http://dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.ca/
Written by Yanick Trudel under the pen name of Ian Truman. Copyright 2012.
Edited by Sarah Needles and Alex Manley
Cover by Ian Truman
Model: Sienna Hanshaw
Photo by Mary Lee Maynard
The Factory Line/ La shop
Ian starts his shift at 6:59 in the industrial wasteland of Montreal-East only to finish his day, fifteen hours later, in the notorious red light district. Simple as that. Low key, gritty, trashy… funny as hell. The Factory Line is Ian Truman’s true-ish account of life in a Montreal factory. The foreman’s on a rampage, a blonde bombshell sells hydraulic forklifts in high heels, Maurice’s fucking Marlon Brando on the job but there’s still beer in the toilet tank so everything should be alright. Somewhere between Charles Bukowski’s disdain for life, Henry Rollins’ fighting spirit and Mordecai Richler’s comedic satire, The Factory Line feels like a punk rock song for the literary world: ‘get in, say what you have to say and get the fuck out.
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Avec “La shop” Truman se permet une traduction dans un joual Québécois absolument impeccable. “Impardonnable – Baveux – Sale – Intelligent – Déplacé – Arrogant – Déprimant – Pertinent – Abrasif – Hilarant – Échevelé – Risqué – Unique – Incontournable.” Ian commence son shift à 7h00 dans le désastre qu’est le quartier industriel de Montreal-Est pour finir sa jounée,16h plus tard, dans un bar de danseuses du centre-ville. Aussi simple que ça. La shop, c’est l’histoire à peu près vraie de la vie quotienne dans une usine de Montréal. Le foreman est encore en criss, une blonde platine vends des lifts hydrauliques en talon hauts, Maurice à couché avec Guy Cloutier su’a job, mais il reste encore d’la bière dans la tank des toilettes fait qu’on devrait être correct. Quelque part entre le dédain pour la vie de Charles Bukowski, le guts irrévérencieux d’Henry Rollins et la satire cinglante de Mordecai Richler, le style de Truman c’est comme le punk rock du monde littéraire : rentre, dis s’que t’as à dire ‘pis décrisse. Né à Montréal, Ian est un hardcore kid viré auteur. Il écrit autant en Anglais qu’en Français La shop est la version française de “The Factory Line,” son premier roman. http://www.iantruman.com
Il est disponible, en Francais ICI.