The Bleeds
The Bleeds

Praise for Niko:

Nasrallah possesses superb powers of description. With a few deft strokes, he delivers a character’s essence and motivations. His idiosyncratically scarred landscapes shimmer in exotic hues. . . [His]startling achievement is to cause us to perceive the group differently, to remind us that every crowd of refugees consists of scores of people like Niko and Antoine.—The Globe and Mail

Niko is a story of accepting the frailty of human beings and about moving forward through the bitterness of exile. —The Montreal Gazette

Sobering and sophisticated... Nasrallah makes your teeth chatter with his riveting survival tale. —Nightlife Magazine

Niko is relevant and engrossing reading – it’s a particularly alluring read. Nasrallah gives us the space to contemplate his characters, who are refugees and immigrants who struggle towards uncertain futures, uncertain even in the relatively safe haven of Quebec society. —Hour

By alternating the focus from one character’s inner life to another’s, Nasrallah creates a series of cliffhangers which propel the story forward. But the pleasure of reading Niko comes from more than just its fast pace. In this novel, Nasrallah has created complete worlds that you carry around in your head after you put the book down, worlds to which you want to return. —Eric Boodman, Montreal Review of Books

I was taken aback by Nasrallah’s ability to infuse every scene, act and thought with emotion. By the time I reached the novel’s dramatic finish, I’d shed more than a few tears. —Olga Kidisevic, Broken Pencil

Niko is tragic, spirited, resilient and very affecting. Economic with words and avoiding much embellished language, the novel’s arc is finely crafted and gallops along. —Martyn Bryant, Rover Arts

Written in swift, clear prose, this book clips along nicely, covering vast personal, political and geographic territory. It is also a tremendously tender book. Love pulses from cover to cover. —Michael Bryson, Underground Book Club Blog
The Original Face
The Original Face

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
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Tumbleweed

Esplanade Books


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.
Dimitri Nasrallah
Hungary-Hollywood Express Hungary-Hollywood Express
Éric Plamondon
All That Sang All That Sang
Lydia Perovic
The Goddess of Fireflies The Goddess of Fireflies
Geneviève Pettersen
English Is Not a Magic Language English Is Not a Magic Language
Jacques Poulin
Ex-Yu Ex-Yu
Josip Novakovich
Swing in the House and Other Stories Swing in the House and Other Stories
Anita Anand
Breathing Lessons Breathing Lessons
Andy Sinclair
New Tab New Tab: A Novel
Guillaume Morissette
Message for the Emperor, A A Message for the Emperor: A Novel
Mark Frutkin
Love Monster, The The Love Monster: A Novel
Missy Marston
Stopping for Strangers Stopping for Strangers
Daniel Griffin
Niko Niko: A Novel
Dimitri Nasrallah
Writing Personals Writing Personals: A Novel
Lolette Kuby
Orfeo Orfeo
Hans-Jurgen Greif
Blood Pudding Blood Pudding
Art Corriveau
Out of Cleveland Out of Cleveland
Lolette Kuby
Optique Optique
Clayton Bailey
Dead Man's Float Dead Man's Float
Nicholas Maes
Garbage Head Garbage Head
Christopher Willard
Seventeen Tomatoes Seventeen Tomatoes: Tales from Kashmir
Jaspreet Singh
Short Journey by Car, A A Short Journey by Car
Liam Durcan