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The French New Wave

A group of young publishers in Quebec is intent on finding new approaches and opening new markets for the province’s writers

“TO BE HONEST, I’m a really optimistic kind of guy,” says Antoine Tanguay, president of Éditions Alto, a small literary press based in Quebec City. Optimism is arguably a required trait for the former journalist and broadcaster who decided to launch a French-Canadian publishing house in 2005, on the cusp of the digital revolution. Alto began as a vehicle for publishing Tanguay’s old university friend, Nicolas Dickner, who had a first novel called Nikolski that was in search of a home. “We worked on Nikolski for a few months, and the rest is history. We sold 90,000 copies of that book in French. So, it was all an accident.”

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