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Montreal Noir – Akashic Books – Gets a Release date. (11/7/17)

This is an anthology that’s been long in the making and it’s finally here.

I am super happy to be a part of it and wish to extended exceptional thanks to Mr. John McFetridge who could very well be the nicest human being in Canada.

Link is here. No pre-order just yet (will keep you posted)

http://www.akashicbooks.com/catalog/montreal-noir-canada/

Thanks and take care,

 

Ian


Grand Trunk and Shearer – Out July 22nd on Down and Out Books – Pre-order now

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At last, I can announce it.

My next novel will be out with up and coming indie publisher, Down and Out Books, on July 22nd, 2016.

It’s been a lot of hard work and patience, but I believe it paid off in the end. I would like to thank Eric Campbell from Down and Out Books and Benoit Lelievre from deadendfollies for making this happen. Additionnal thanks are due to mr. John McFetridge for the blurb.

You can PRE-ORDER the ebook here :

KOBO

BARNES AND NOBLE

AMAZON

About the novel :

GRAND TRUNK AND SHEARER

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

Praise for Ian Truman …

The Factory Line captures an entertaining voice in a highly readable manner which relays the exploits of some blue collar factory workers over the course of a day.” — Brian Lindenmuth, Spinetingler Magazine

“Truman has an incredible ear for dialogue…There aren’t two pens like [his] in the writing business.” — Benoit Lelièvre, Dead End Follies

“Truman’s A Teenage Suicide 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

 

 

 


Bookporn – I Realized my Top Shelf Is Actually Pretty Awesome

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I was cleaning up around the corner and took a minute to take a look at the good old bookshelf as I was shoving the “Minions Operation” on top of the shelf. I realized my top shelf was pretty good and simply felt like sharing it with the internet. And quite frankly, with the loads of crap running around the web, I think we could all use a bit of smart reading for a change.

 

From left to right, front to back :

Eldridge Cleaver – Soul On Ice

Ray Bradbury – Farenheit 451

Sun Tzu – The Art of War

Collectif  – Le Refus Global

George Orwell – 1984

Faulkner – The Portable

Kevin Toolis – Rebel Hearts, Journeys in the IRA’s Soul

Thomas King – Medicine River

Joseph Heller – Catch 22

Henry Rollins – The Portable Henry Rollins

Charles Bukowski – Post Office

James Baldwin – Giovanni’s Room

Charles Yale Harrison – Generals Die in Bed

Charles Bukowski – Hot Water Music

Beth Lahickey – All ages – Reflections on Straight Edge

Chuck Palahniuk – Fight Club

Maya Angelou – Tant que je serai noire.

Haruki Murakami – 1Q84

Ernesto Che Guevara – La Guerre de Guérilla

Collective – We Owe You Nothing – The Punk Planet Collected Interviews

Henry Miller – The Tropic of Cancer

Faulkner – As I Lay Dying

Truman Capote – In Cold Blood

Truman Capote – Breakfast at Tiffanys

 

It’s also uncanny how much that photo is representative of my writing style and political views : lots of satire, plenty of punk/hardcore, a bit of literary and a bit of noir, enough minority rights to be aware of things going on in society, some military strategy and distopian novels, completed by a heavy dose of working class books.

 

Perhaps missing from this image but among my favorite works :

David Fennario – On The Job

David Fennario – Balconville

William S. Burroughs – Naked Lunch

Dennis Lehane – Mystic River

 

 


Crass – Poems of Ordinary Havoc

Crass Web Cover

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 havok

Are a call to arms

Entrenched in dirty realism

Grounded by raconteurs

And a heartfelt dose of satire.

 

Now available on AMAZON KINDLE


Things I’d like to Add to My Collection in 2015

I rarely blog about things I’d like to get (I mean, material things) but it’s the new years,I took time to look at what I got this year and it’s pretty good (True Detective, Stray Dogs, Summer Wars, Helix, Dark Angel, Ergo Proxy)

so here’s what I hope to add to my collection in 2015 :

Movies/TV

Evangelion 2.22 and 3.33

Twelve Kingdoms

Aeon Flux (the original anime)

Complete my Battlestar Gallactica collection

Samurai Champloo

Spin City Season 4

Interstellar

Maybe I’ll afford myself 2 or 3 “random” criterion collection movies this year.

Also REALLY looking forward to NewsRoom season 3.

 

Books :

More of the following :  Murakami, Bukowski, Brian Wood… I discovered John McFetridge this year, probably will get more of his work too.

 

Rarer items :

Maybe a rare print from Becky Cloonan

A painting by Jacob Bannon

“White Trash” By Chris Makos

 

Music ;

Some old Bjork, Supermachiner, Bossk, Mogwai, lots of ambient, less heavy (or heavier in a more creative way) kind of music, if you know bands like that, send them my way…

 

that’s pretty much it.

 

Take care,

 

Ian

 

 


So I Just Set Fire to a House…

…In my next novel, of course… (but the title caught you, didn’t it?)

I was sitting there, struggling to try to get my character in and kill the guy he’s supposed to kill and find a way to somehow cover his tracks and try to make it sense and I was sitting and writing and writing and re-writing… shit wasn’t working and WORSE, shit didn’t sound like my book or my characters…

Then I said to myself, “fuck it, I’m burning down the motherfucker.”

With the guy sleeping in it.

That’s right.

I just set fire to the house.

Because my character’s that kind of an asshole anyways. He ain’t no fancy hitman. He’s a guy who gets pissed and just does shit and this time he wanted to burn down the house. It made sense right that moment so he fucking did.

Simple as that.

Which leads me to a kinda-well-known writing tip: Let the characters speak for themselves, they often know what they’re doing better than you do.

Keep writing every day, (I know I’m having a hard time with it.)

Take care,

Ian


5 Incredible Books About Montreal You Need to Read.

This will be a bilingual selection…so work on your French, ‘pis apprenez votre Anglais! (Ps : a good way to fuck up your spellcheck program is to write something dans les deux langues)

 

1- Mordecai Richler : The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

My favourite (and probably best) Montreal author working his magic with flawless satire, morally questionable characters and a sense of setting that is unparalleled in Canadian literature.

 

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2- Marie-Sissi Labrèche – Borderline

On m’a fait lire Borderline au Cegep. J’ai adoré. Un style rough sorti du Centre-Sud (de l’époque) et, surtout, une forme littéraire appelée “auto-fiction” qui m’a tout de suite plu (l’auteur et le personnage principal partagent le même nom mais la vie du personnage est amplifié, modifiée et le fun c’est de jamais dire ce qui est vrai de ce qui est inventé.

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3- David Fennario – Balconville.

Un texte parfaitement bilingue straight out of Pointe-Saint-Charles. Le premier livre bilingue au Canada. Un livre tout ce qui a de plus Montréalais, pour ne pas dire québécois : le quotidien de quatre voisins ouvriés, sans-emplois, femme au foyer… Mixing both languages in a way that has been deemed, “Montréal plus vrai que vrai.” I still hope one day I manage to “pull a Fennario” as I like to say.

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4- Charles Harrison – Generals Die in Bed

One of Canada’s great (most likely) unknown war novel. It’s style is dry, straight forward and rooted in more of a “raconteur” style. Like Hemingway and others of the so called “silent generation”, Harrison didn’t speak (or in this case, write) invain. Even if the novel is short, every word count and it will hit you right in the guts. The opening scene is still one of the best depiction of WWI era-Montreal I have yet read.

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5 – Michel Tremblay – Hosanna

Perhaps because it dealt with being gay at a time when it was still very hard to be, even in Canada. Maybe because my uncle was gay and was taken away too soon in the 90’s wave of AIDS victims. On me l’a fait lire aussi au Cegep. J’ai adoré autant que Borderline (quand j’y pense, ma prof de littérature aimait les livres rough)

Hosanna rang a bell with me. It’s raw emotion, flawless (minimalistic) setting and the first play I ever read by Tremblay.

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Merci. Thank you.