Jean-Claude Brochu

  • The decline and fall of the Montreal Expos. In 1969, the Montreal Expos played their first game. Thirty-two years later, the team that once boasted baseball's best farm system is nearly dead. In this book, former Expos president Claude Brochu gets to the bottom of the Expos' story. From his successful marketing career at Seagram's, Claude Brochu was thrust into the role of Expos president in 1986. Back then, the Expos were a team with terrific potential. But as the years went by, attendance began to slide. Whenever owner Charles Bronfman attended a game he would shake his head, discouraged: "Why don't they come? What do we have to do?" The answer - field a winning team - seemed so simple, yet so elusive.
    And then, after 21 years, Bronfman decided to sell the team. He entrusted the sale to Brochu, who took up the gauntlet: "I made it a personal challenge. Businessmen are often portrayed as cold, emotionless people, who make decisions only on the eventual possibility of making a lot of money.? But that's not it at all. What fascinated me, what motivated me, was keeping the Expos in Montreal, in the hands of Quebecers. One of them being me.?"

  • ?A rich man and a poor man are found dead of gunshot wounds outside a seedy bar on Barrington Street in Halifax. The police declare it a murder-suicide, but bluesman/lawyer Monty Collins - hired to represent the victims' families - suspects it's a double murder.

    The case gets complicated when the police link the gun to the suspicious death of a high-flying lawyer named Dice Campbell. Helped by his friend Father Brennan Burke, and hindered by his femme fatale law partner Felicia Morgan, Monty explores the dark side of Halifax society: hookers, drug addicts, boozers, gamblers, and people desperate to cover up a series of parties that got way out of hand.

    Monty's investigations lead him to a ruthless businessman with street connections, a preacher who's been seen cruising for young people, and an oddball psychotherapist who may have overstepped the boundaries of therapy with more than one person in the case. As the story unfolds, Monty finds himself returning again and again to trade barbs with Dice Campbell's hard-drinking widow, Mavis, whose motives are not as clear as they initially seem to be. But the murder isn't the only thing on Monty's mind.

    A secret from the past and turmoil with his estranged wife Maura, have Monty singing the blues, lashing out at his closest friends, and spending far too much time in the bars of Halifax.

  • Comme le dit Jean-Paul Daoust dans son texte de présentation, « le parfum sert de fil d'Ariane » pour ce numéro thématique qui a inspiré plus d'une trentaine de poètes et écrivains. Qu'il soit une « capture de la fuite » (Monique La Rue), une fragrance de grande maison parisienne (Claire Dé) qui peut tout à coup se transformer en « odeur de salon funéraire » (Louise Dupré), le parfum fait se réveiller en nous toute une palette de sensations : la lenteur des jours qui se suivent (Pénélope Bourque), une nostalgie de l'enfance (Herménégilde Chiasson), des révoltes parricides (André Carrier) ou encore des brûlures océanes (Madeleine Monette)... Un numéro qui, à l'instar de son thème, transportera le lecteur dans un voyage riche en contrastes.

  • C'est à l'écrivain acadien Claude Le Bouthillier, emporté par un cancer en mars dernier, à qui Lettres québécoises rend hommage dans ce numéro. Préparé juste avant sa mort, ce dossier comportant un auto-portrait, une entrevue ainsi qu'un profil de son oeuvre littéraire nous fait (re)découvrir le parcours de cet homme qui, issu de la plus ancienne famille de la Péninsule acadienne, a été bercé par la mer et les récits de huit générations d'aventuriers et de pêcheurs. Cette édition dévoile aussi de nombreuses critiques, dont notamment celles des romans récents de Michel Tremblay, Marie Laberge et Marie-Claire Blais, des premiers romans de Fanny Britt, Tristan Malavoy et Laurence Olivier, et s'intéresse au récit troublant de Juliana Léveillé-Trudel, Nirlit, ainsi qu'au premier livre superbe d'Antoine Dumas, Au monde. Inventaire. Les essais de Martin Gibert, Voir son steak comme un animal mort, ainsi que celui d'Yvon Rivard, Exercices d'amitié, sont aussi analyés dans ce numéro.

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