Hear author Gabriel Cholette’s new English translation at the Violet Hour reading series, hosted by Christopher DiRaddo

Scenes from the Underground by Gabriel Cholette

Illustrated by Jacob Pyne

Translated by Elina Taillon

Publication date is Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Violet Hour queer reading series, Wed. October 5

Featuring full-colour illustrations, Scenes from the Underground is the fully uninhibited field notes of the club scene

In Scenes from the Underground, newly translated from Les carnets de l’underground, a Montreal club kid getting his Ph.D. in medieval studies travels from the Mile End neighbourhood of Montreal to Berlin and Manhattan with stops in New York, Miami and Paris. His journey leads him through the bathrooms and dark rooms of clubs and raves, exploring gender identity, relationships and the anonymous sex, drugs and techno music that define the gay nightlife. Here, dubious decisions and intimate connections go hand in hand. Provocative and contemporary, Scenes from the Underground is a stunning portrait of the Instagram generation.

This month’s edition of Violet Hour will take place outdoors at Place du Village (the park situated on Ste. Catherine Street East, corner Wolfe) and features Gabriel Cholette, Neil Smith, Su J. Sokol and others. Hosted by Christopher DiRaddo, showtime is 6 pm, Wed. Oct. 5.

Scenes from the Underground (House of Anansi Press)

Available October 4, 2022

The book contains mature content and language