Please join us at Malvern Books for Fantastical Fictions, an odd-monthly event focusing on the literary fantastic across genres and cultures. This month host Rebecca Schwarz will discuss the novel The Door to Lost Pages by Claude Lalumière. Worth noting: if you buy The Door to Lost Pages for the discussion, you’ll get 10% off the list price!
The stories that form Lalumière’s insanely imaginative short novel all revolve around a mystical used bookstore called Lost Pages, a place that “wasn’t fully tethered to the world,” where the boundaries of history, mythology, and reality have blurred. The store and its inventory of arcane books often draw in people who are lost and in need of help. One such customer is 10-year-old Aydee, a girl who runs away from her negligent parents only to be rescued by a gigantic lioness and entangled in the eternal conflict between the benevolent Green Blue and Brown God and nightmare lord Yamesh-Lot. Lalumière’s talents are on full display in this cerebral, erotic, and hypnotically compelling tale of bibliophilic wonder. —Publishers Weekly
Claude Lalumière is the author of three books: Objects of Worship (CZP 2009), The Door to Lost Pages (CZP 2011), and Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes (Infinity Plus 2013). His upcoming novel, Venera Dreams, will be launched at Malvern Books on August 9th! He has edited or co-edited 14 anthologies in various genres. Originally from Montreal, he’s currently headquartered in Ottawa.