Meet the Author: Olivier Sylvestre
Meet the author behind the lovely The Law of Gravity—Olivier Sylvestre!
Describe yourself in one sentence.
I make up for my lack of imagination by writing about my everyday life or my most striking memories and try to make sense and beauty out of it, with all the flaws and fakes that come with it.
Tell us a little bit about your new book.
The Law of Gravity is about this beautiful and scary journey of figuring out your own gender, your own path, your own likes, your own self without giving a fuck about what the others think. It is also very much about the power of friendship, the freedom that comes with imagination, and the many ways by which we can push boundaries, those within ourselves first, and those of the world we live in.
What’s something unique about you or something you like to do?
I really like the feeling of touching my keys. That, and I really like the feeling of touching skin. And I don’t know which one I prefer, actually.
What is something that you enjoy doing, and why?
I like to learn new languages, get lost on Google Maps for hours and imagine what that would feel like to actually be there.
What are some of your favourite plays?
In whatever order:
Concord Floral by Jordan Tannahill
Beautiful Man by Erin Shields
Ces regards amoureux de garçons altérés by Éric Noël
Le chant de Georges Boivin by Martin Bellemare
J’accuse by Annick Lefebvre
Small Talk by Carole Fréchette
Une journée by Gabrielle Chapdelaine
Crawlspace by Karen Hines
Huff by Cliff Cardinal
What are you reading these days?
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Désormais, ma demeure by Nicholas Dawson
La fille d’elle-même by Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay
What’s something that makes you laugh?
Laughter is the remedy to almost everything, and I always laugh when I’m uncomfortable or don’t know what to say, and I often am.
Learn more about Olivier Sylvestre:
Author and translator Olivier Sylvestre holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a diploma in playwriting. He has published the novels noms fictifs and le désert, and two plays, La loi de la gravité and Guide d’éducation sexuelle pour le nouveau millénaire. La loi de la gravité has been translated into German and won the ARTCENA Creation Assistance Award (France) and the Coburger Autorenforum Award (Germany). Olivier also works as a writing instructor and dramaturg. He lives in Montréal.