Sitting Shiva on Minto Avenue, by Toots, poet / translator Erin Moure’s first work of creative non-fiction, is a finalist for this year’s Mavis Gallant Prize offered by the Quebec Writers Federation.
Moure’s book commemorates an old friend and former lover, the news of whose death inspires this work of mourning and memory. Mid-century Montreal and early 1980s Vancouver are both powerfully evoked in Sitting Shiva on Minto Avenue, by Toots.
The Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction is named after the Montreal-born, Paris-based short fiction writer who died in 2014. Other finalists are Robyn Maynard for Policing Black Lives and Judi Rever for In Praise of Blood.