Poupées de papier

Un été, lorsqu’en vacances à un chalet avec ma famille, ma grand-mère nous contait des histoires de sa jeunesse – la cadette de la famille – et de ses jouets préférés.

Elle a joliment conté l’amour qu’elle portait envers ses poupées de papier, en particulier une poupée Shirley Temple, qu’elle habillait et rhabillait de ses robes glacées.

Poupée de papier Shirley Temple préadolescente, avec trois habits de papier à lui découper.

J’ai été frappée par ce souvenir de Grand-Maman et j’en ai cousu une nouvelle intitulée, sujet oblige, Poupées de papier. L’histoire présente une dame âgée qui se remémore ses amis d’enfance, ces poupées et des gouttes de pluie, alors qu’elle fait le deuil de personnes chères.

Bien qu’inspirée par Grand-Maman, ma nouvelle demeure une oeuvre de fiction.

Poupées de papier a été publiée en sa version anglaise Paper Dolls, dans le recueil Voices 2014 du Toronto Writers’ Co-operative et sera publiée dans la 70e édition de la revue littéraire Virages.

New Voices Publication

At the end of September 2014, the Toronto Writers’ Co-operative launched its sixth Voices anthology, in which is published my short story Paper Dolls.

Front cover of Voices 2014 anthology, a painting of an upside-down face, in pink and green hues.

I originally wrote Paper Dolls in French, following a talk with my grand-mother Jacqueline. When she told us about one of her favourite toys, growing up in Montreal in the 1930s, it painted such a picture in my mind that I couldn’t help but take her love of her paper dolls and insert it into my next short story.

I read an excerpt of Paper Dolls at the Voices book launch, voicing my main character both as a child and as an elderly woman.

A.M. Matte reading an excerpt of Paper Dolls at the Toronto Public Library Main Reference Branch, at a wooden podium.

I love this second life a reading gives characters, where an author can literally lend her voice to a story.

Looking for your own copy of Voices 2014? Find one at the Toronto Writers’ Co-operative website.

Public Readings – Three Down, One To Go

Over the course of one month, I have had the opportunity to read my work in public three times, with one more chance coming up.

A photo of author A.M. Matte at a Toronto Public Library podium, reading a short story excerpt .

A.M. Matte, reading an excerpt of A Treat, at the TOWC Voices 2013 book launch.

I’ve read an excerpt of my short story Where Pigeons Roost, with fave author Terry Fallis in attendance. I’ve read an excerpt of my MIL Dread monologue at a CityVoices Monologue Salon. (Click here for a YouTube excerpt of the monologue performed by actress Audrey Ferron.) And I’ve read an excerpt of my short story A Treat at the launch of the Toronto Writers Cooperative’s Voices anthology (only $10 each).

An image of the Voices 2013 anthology book cover, itself a blurred image of light coming through a window on a brownish background.

The Voices 2013 anthology.

I immensely enjoyed reading my pieces at those events and I’m thrilled to have one more opportunity to share at the Who You Calling Crazy? reading by emerging authors at Toronto’s Free Times Café on Thursday, October 3rd, starting at 7:30 p.m.

I’ll be practicing reading my excerpts until then.