100 Days in Uranium City

Ariane Dénommé


Inspired by the stories her father told her, Dénommé sketches a portrait of a Northern mining town in the late 1970s.

Shifts in the uranium mine last 100 days, then workers have two weeks to adjust to civilization before returning. The pay is good, the work is grueling but they can all be found drinking heavily on a Saturday night. Life is hollow, one shift at a time, waiting for the depletion of resources — natural or human. The book never loses focus of the main character as he struggles with his lifestyle choice. It is a quiet but powerful read, rendered in gorgeous pencil, like the dust of the mine revealing lives on the page. Nominated for the Bédélys Québec Prize 2017 and winner of a Doug Wright Award in 2019.

About the Artist

Ariane Dénommé is an artist and illustrator whose graphic novel Du chez-soi, won the Prix Bédelys Québec in 2012. She has self-published numerous books, in which her worried, sometimes anguished, human menagerie is always illustrated with devastating black humour. This is her first book to be translated into English.

Publication Details

144 pages, 9.5 X 7 X 0.7 in
September 2018