Saint Lazare author debuts two very different books


Upcoming signings in Hudson, Ste. Annes 

Saint Lazare author Louise Carson finds it ironic that she will debut two books at the same time, especially since both works were written a few years apart.

One is a collection of her poetry.

The other is a murder mystery based on real-life events.

The author and her books will be featured this Saturday (May 2)  from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. during a book signing taking place at the War Memorial Library, 60 rue Elm in Hudson.

A second book signing will be held in Saint Lazare on May 9, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., at the Saint Lazare Library, 1275 rue du Bois.

Copies of her books will be available for purchase at both events.

Carson’s embarrassment of publishing riches came to be thanks to her contract with Winnipeg publisher Signature Editions, which gave them first refusal on anything she writes.

The publisher had already given the green light to her book A Clearing,  a collection of her poetry so she didn’t expect a positive response to Executor, a murder mystery she’d written in a few months.

“I thought they won’t publish it, it’s too light, but they did… that’s how I came to have two wildly different books out at the same time by the same publisher,” Carson said with a laugh.

The books have different editors.

Carson says A Clearing is a collection of her best poems which were written between 2007 and 2012.

“The poetry book took way longer to write because you have to wait until you have a lot of good poems. (The selected poems) were culled from hundreds of poems…. they take reader on some kind of trip,” she said.

She was inspired to write Executor  after being “horrified” by the real-life persecution of Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual practice.

“It was a minority group who wanted to be more autonomous. At first the (communist) government went along with it but as the movement grew and became embraced by millions of people (the government) viewed it as a threat.”

Carson was also inspired by non-fiction works written by Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas, which detailed allegations of the government sanctioned live organ harvesting of Falun Gong members.

“This is happening right now. I figured something fictional might help publicize the plight,” she explained.

The novel follows a Canadian English professor as he travels to China to adopt the family’s third child. When things begin to go wrong and the professor becomes suspicious, he soon finds that he is a target.

Carson, who has lived in Saint Lazare for the past 18 years, published her first book, Rope: A Tale told in Prose and Verse (Broken Rules Press) in 2011. Her second book, Mermaid Road, was published in 2013 by the same publishers. One of her poems won a 2013 Manitoba Magazines Publishers’ Association award in the Best Poem or Suite of Poems category. Carson, a Concordia University graduate who teaches piano and singing, lives with her teenage daughter.



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