Governor General's Literary Awards

Dimanche napalm

Dimanche napalm

By Sébastien David

Leméac Éditeur; distributed by Socadis



Cloistered with his family following an “accident,” a young man maintains a stubborn silence. His odd behaviour leads the members of his family to reveal their deepest secrets in small doses, while over them looms the disturbing shadow of the Grandmother. We are witnesses to an explosion, as family chemistry ignites between comedy and tragedy, against a background of apparent suburban tranquillity. Through his annoying rejection of the surrounding babble, the silence of the Son confronts the din of our times with the dizzying question of what it all means.

“Senility and deliberate aphasia are now on the menu for Quebec families on their poutine Sundays. That is the provocative observation advanced by Sébastien David in Dimanche napalm, an incendiary play that blows on the embers of memories of recent events. Unforgettable characters who might well sink into the exploding gravy.”

- Peer assessment committee

Sébastien David
Sébastien David


With Dimanche napalm, Sébastien David wins his first Governor General’s Literary Award in 2017. An actor, author and stage director, he directs his own theatre company (La Bataille), regularly teaches at the National Theatre School of Canada, and sits on the theatre jury of the Montreal arts council (CAM). Leméac has published four of his plays: Ta yeule Kathleen, which premiered at the Centre du Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui and won several awards; T'es où Gaudreault, Les morb(y)des, which premiered at the Théâtre de Quat'Sous and was later presented at the Comédie-Française in Paris and the Théâtre de Poche in Geneva; and Les haut-parleurs, a young audience work, which premiered at the Théâtre Denise-Pelletier and was a GGBooks finalist (2016). Sébastien David was born in Montreal.

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