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Gabriel Cholette scours the underground spaces of New York, Berlin, and Montreal for literary material which he then writes about using the codes and conventions of Instagram. He completed his PhD in medieval French literature at the Université de Montréal. Scenes from the Underground is Cholette’s debut memoir. He lives in Montreal.

Award History

2023 Finalist

Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers
for Scenes from the Underground

Jury Citation

Sex, drugs, parties, and casual encounters are the ingredients of Scenes from the Underground, written in an impressively effective prose that embraces amusement in all its nuances. Funny, joyful, raw, and accompanied by images as colourful as the situations in which this reckless explorer of pleasure finds himself. This memoir gives us the chance to read about experiences that are totally, unapologetically, and sensually queer. With these explosive fragments, Cholette manages to approach with kindness the consumption of bodies and substances, transforming excess into forms of care and emancipation.