On May 11 at 8 pm, the Quais du Polar Festival and the Canadian Cultural Centre join forces and invite you to join us on our Facebook page for a virtual conversation with Canadian author Emily St. John Mandel on the occasion of the release in France of her new novel, The Glass Hotel, published by Rivages/Noir.
Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star lodging on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. On the night she meets Jonathan Alkaitis, a hooded figure scrawls a message on the lobby’s glass wall: Why don’t you swallow broken glass. High above Manhattan, a greater crime is committed: Alkaitis’s billion-dollar business is really nothing more than a game of smoke and mirrors. When his scheme collapses, it obliterates countless fortunes and devastates lives. Vincent, who had been posing as Jonathan’s wife, walks away into the night. Years later, a victim of the fraud is hired to investigate a strange occurrence: a woman has seemingly vanished from the deck of a container ship between ports of call.
Emily St. John Mandel grew up in British Columbia, Canada, and has been writing since she was a child. After studying dance in Toronto, she published Last Night in Montreal, which received unanimous critical acclaim. The publication of Station Eleven, an international bestseller translated into 33 languages and a finalist for the National Book Award, established her as one of the leading authors of her generation.