Patrice Lessard was born in Louiseville, Quebec in 1971. Le sermon aux poissons, his first novel, was one of the finalists at the Ringuet Prize in 2012. He currently lives between France, Portugal and Italy. He’s now working on his next book, set in Italy.


  • Nina  Publisher: Héliotrope I Language: French I Year: 2012 I Pages: 396 I Rights: World

Shortlisted for the Prix littéraire des Collégiens 2014 ! 

A few years ago, Antoine decided to move from Quebec to Portugal. He has now been missing for one year. His brother, Vincent, decides to go to Lisbon with his girlfriend Nina, who speaks Portuguese, to find him. Nina knows the city very well but the search of Antoine soon proves to be more difficult than predicted. There are almost no leads. One day, they accidentally run into Gill, a private detective, who seems confident in his ability to help them. The detective, who’s far from rolling in money, had previously been hired by a gang of small local thugs to recover a gun that had been lost during a robbery. The routes of the three seem to be all leading in the same direction and Vincent and Nina will soon be dragged by Gill in a complicated maze of intrigues, strange encounters
and misleading tracks.
Divided in two parts, one told by an external narrator and another in first person, Nina follow the narrative tradition of Nabokov’s The real life of Sebastian Knight. Through a carefully planned structure, where conflicting clues are suggested along the story, the book keeps the reader in a constant state of uncertainty, where the line between truth and lie is completely blurred and, maybe, that is precisely what makes the story credible.


  • Le sermon aux poissons Publisher: Héliotrope I Language: French I Year: 2011 I Pages: 272 I Rights: World

Antoine is a quebecois who decides to go on holiday in Lisbon. There, he loses his mobile phone during a night spent drinking in the bars of a maze-like Lisbon. The book chronicles two days in the life of Antoine: the loss of the phone and the investigation run by the protagonist to find it.

Shortlisted for the Ringuet Prize 2012

“One of the big surprises of this literary season. Patrice Lessard alternates daytime and nighttime scenes with rare virtuosity to blur the line between the present and the past.”- Martine Desjardins, L’Actualité