Cotton and
Nepveu Villeneuve

Maude Nepveu-Villeneuve
Maude Nepveu-Villeneuve teaches literature and theater at the Cégep du Vieux Montréal and is part owner of Les Éditions de Ta Mère since 2011. Having studied drama and literature, she has explored various literary genres through her writing such as puppet theater, short stories, essays and novels. Her works have appeared in magazines as well as in the short story collections Le livre noir de ta mère (Éditions de Ta Mère, 2009), Maison des jeunes (Éditions de Ta Mère, 2013) and Ponts (Éditions de L’Aire, 2015), in which she co-authored a text with Noémi Schaub. She is the author of two novels, Partir de rien (Éditions de Ta Mère, 2011) and La remontée (Editions de Ta Mère, 2015).

Shawn Cotton
Shawn Cotton is a writer and a musician dedicated to poetry, literature, bass guitar and performance. Apart from his artistic process, Cotton works at Port de Tête bookstore and edits for Le Cosmographe publishing house. He collaborated with numerous artists and directors as an interpreter, arranger, musician and author: Hanna Abd El Nour (Imagination du Monde, Volte21), Bernhari (Île-Jésus, Kryuchkova), Loui Mauffette (Dans les charbons), Skip Jensen (Spirit of the Ghost, Peine exemplaire pour ce tueur de chien), Mykalle Bielinski (Reverb) and Maxime Catellier (Nous avons marché dans la nuit de mai). He also published two poetry collections: Jonquière LSD (L’écrou, 2010), Les armes à penser (L’Oie de Cravan, on 2012) and 46 poems in magazines (Nouveau Projet, Estuaire, Liberté, Cousins de Personne, Ectropion et autres). He currently lives in Montreal where he is working on a new collection of poems. 

Photo Maude © Maurice Vadeboncoeur
Photo Shawn © Frédéric Chabot

Theme 04 – Health + Quality of Life
Thursday, April 20 – 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Espace La Fontaine | Cultural Bistro – La Fontaine Park

Floating Objects

The act of writing opens up infinite possibilities for the construction of new worlds and new interpretations. Starting from universal or specific themes, the writer creates objects to be randomly thrown out there for future interactions with readers. Love and death, youth and nostalgia, universality and utopia; there are as many interpretations as there are readers. The spectacle, however grandiose it appears, is solitary and intimate.

With the Floating Objects project, Maude Nepveu-Villeneuve and Shawn Cotton extrapolate on the theme of health and quality of life by offering singular visions of a living Montreal. A beautifully printed version of the work, designed by the artisanal print collective L’abricot, will be unveiled at the event. In addition to a reading by the authors, Julien Boisseau and Catherine Ouellet-Cummings of L’abricot will demonstrate how the book was created with a hand-press with which the public can print a flyer during the event.

Creative Partner – Litterature

ARCMTL is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 with a mandate to simultaneously promote and preserve local independent culture.