Esplanade Books is the fiction imprint of Véhicule Press. Edited by Dimitri Nasrallah, Esplanade publishes novels and short story collections.
About the editor
In late summer 2003, Andrew Steinmetz became the founding editor of Véhicule's fiction series. Andrew is the author of several books including Wardlife: The Apprenticeship of a Young Writer as a Hospital Clerk, and most recently, This Great Escape: The Case of Michael Paryla, a finalist of the 2013 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-fiction.
In December 2013, after editing 20 books in the series, Andrew stepped down as editor and was succeeded by Montrealer Dimitri Nasrallah. Dimitri is the author of the novels Blackbodying (2005) and Niko (2011). Blackbodying won the McAuslan First Book Award and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montreal. Niko won the Hugh Maclennan Prize for Fiction and was longlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award..
Selected titlesNew Tab: A Novel
Praise for New Tab:
“This book is straight-up great.” – A.G. Pasquella, Broken Pencil
“Morisette’s Main-centric New Tab is one of the best Canadian novels of 2014.” –Ian McGillis, Montreal Gazette
Inventive works of fiction like New Tab, on the other hand, can go where “Scarlett Johansson” and “Johnny Depp” simply cannot go—down to the messy, abject, and irresolvable dilemmas of our digitalizing desire. It’s full of glitches, and it’s pretty cold, unlike some of those steamy and streamlined sex machines of yore. But for now it’s all we’ve got. –Henry Adam Svec, Motherboard/Vice
A touching portrait of life in Montreal as so many of us know it today. Morissette’s is a unique voice, but at the same time it’s the voice of a generation, the voice of our generation. And so, when Thomas finally meets someone “with bed hair that randomly looked excellent,” we’re just as excited as he is. -- Peter McCambridge, Québec Reads
Morissette is the poet Eeyore. A modern technical-intellectual who has captured the millennial undergrad and all his distinctive insecurities. But instead of launching his protagonist into an idealized scenario, full of true callings and real love, he explores the perennial rut of dissatisfaction. –Book Stylist
New Tab astutely captures the ennui, isolation and disengagement of a generation that has been emotionally dismantled by the Internet, then set adrift in a world in which everything is connected and everyone is alone. “How will I check the internet when I am dead?” Thomas asks himself. How indeed. -Stacey Madden, Quill & Quire
"Set in a Montreal as vividly its own as Richler's, Morissette's fresh and original generational take
brims with uncommon observations, understood character and abundantly happy-sad situations. A terrific read and a shining souvenir."
– David McGimpsey, author of Certifiable and Li'l Bastard
"Weird, poetic, funny, and original...I tore through it."
– Jonathan Goldstein
"In this hilarious novel, Morissette meditates on finding and making meaning in a time when distractions coalesce to form the new and glossy void. The econstruction of regrets, an email with feelings and the screaming universe cement Morissette as both a master of the absurd and a seer of the real. I lol'd."
– Melissa Broder, author of Meat Heart
“Morissette nails the charms and frustrations of a city subsisting on the proceeds of after-hours DJ gigs and backyard film screenings, stealing wi-fi to get online long enough to pay impossibly high hydro bills belonging to mostly-hallway student apartments…” – Jill Murray, National Post
A Message for the Emperor:
The Love Monster:
Stopping for Strangers
Out of Cleveland
Dead Man's Float