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Ekstasis Book Launch

May 15, 2022
Ekstasis Book Launch May 15 of books by Montreal/Quebec writers Ken Norris, Stephen Morrissey, Endre Farkas, Larry Tremblay, Robert Lalonde, and Paul Bélanger. All, save Robert, read from their works. Donald Winkler (Larry Tremblay’s translator) Antonio D'alfonso (Paul Bélanger's translator) also read from their English translation, and Jean-Paul Murray read from his translation of Robert Lalonde's book as Robert was unable to attend. Video courtesy of Lawn Chair Soirée.

You must remember this

May 9th you cannot miss

It’s not just another day

No, not just any Tuesday

But the World Premiere


Murders in the Welcome Café


Check out the trailer


A Poetic whodunit


Murders in the Welcome Café is a 23-minute videopoem/film by Endre Farkas. To mark the 40th anniversary of its publication as a chapbook, Farkas has adapted his book-length poem into a hard-boiled, film noir, poetic whodunit. Shot in black and white and set in the 1940s, it stars Montreal actors Eric Davis as a Bogart-like private eye/poet in search of the mysterious muse, and Katherine Turnbull, as that muse, who holds the key to the elusive poem and perhaps the meaning of life.


Here is what the American Library Association said 40 years ago about the first edition of Murders in the Welcome Café:


Farkas has written a short book—really one long poem—that tantalizes with the power of LeCarré. In some ways the book is a whodunit, structured in chapters that suggests alternate possibilities for the alleged murders, which may be nothing more than imagination or food poisoning or heart attack—or almost anything. Clues left in the middle of philosophical poems rest on the scene of the crime, replete with greasy plates, and unidentified hands. The book is a gem.


You are cordially invited to attend the

World Premiere

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

7:30 pm

La Vitrola

4602 boul. St. Laurent

Montreal, QC



Includes a copy of the reprint of Murders in the Welcome Café.

Pre-Show entertainment will feature live Jazz. Limited seating.



Endre Farkas is a poet, playwright and an author who has published 

Eleven books of poetry and plays. His books of poems includes Quotidian Fever: New and Selected Poems 1974-2007. His most recent work is the novel Never, Again published by Signture Editions 2016. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Slovenian, Turkish and Hungarian. He has read and performed widely in Canada, the United States, Latin America, and Europe. His videopoem Blood is Blood, co-written/produced with Carolyn Marie Souaid, won first prize at the Berlin International Poetry Film Festival in 2012.


Eric Davis has been acting in theatre, film, TV, voice over, and video games out of Montreal and across Canada for the past 20 years.  Recent theatre credits include Tartuffe, Enron, and The Sound of Music with the National Arts Center, and Blood Wild with Rabbit in a Hat. Recent film and TV credits include 19-2, 21 Thunder, This Life, and Psalm 53.  Previous projects with Endre Farkas include the theatrical adaptation of his book Surviving Wor(l)ds, and the video poem Language Cops. 


Katherine Turnbull is an actor, creator, and director. A graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Windsor, she has performed in theatre (both classical and contemporary) and film. Theatre credits include Troilus And Cressida, (Theatre Sans Argent) Conspiracy!,  (Chocolate Moose Theatre Co.) In Memoriam and Harry the King: The Victories of Henry V (Repercussion Theatre) to name a few.


For more information contact

Endre Farkas








Endre Farkas on Tour 2016


The Never, Again Tour  


Whistler’s Writer Festival

Wed. Oct. 15-16



The Word Bookstore

Wed. Oct. 19





Mon. Oct. 24

Tues. Oct. 25



Tues. Oct. 25

Wed. Oct. 26



Thurs. Oct 27




Tues. Nov. 2



Beth David Synagogue

Wed. Nov. 23


For complete tour information go to


To order the book, go to your local bookstore or Or Signature Editions.

Available as e-book as well.







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