Peter Behrens' first novel, The Law of Dreams, won the 2006 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction. Kevin Baker in the New York Times Book Review called The Law of Dreams "Absorbing, unsparing and beautifully written...a masterly novel" and the Irish Sunday Independent said ". . . it is one of those rare books that comes along from time to time that makes you feel that you are in the presence of greatness: a gifted storyteller with a truly compelling story to tell . . . "
Behrens held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and was a Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The author of Night Driving, a collection of stories, he is also a professional screenwriter with feature film and television credits. A Montreal native, he now lives in Maine and Texas.
Michel Marc Bouchard
Michel Marc Bouchard is one of Québec's most successful playwrights. He has written more than twenty-five plays, which have been translated into several languages, and are regularly produced around the world. Various productions of his plays, such as Les Feluettes, L'Histoire de l'oie and Les Muses orphelines, have earned a number of awards. He has been playwright-in-residence at the Théâtre de Quat'Sous and the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (Montreal), the New Dramatist (New York), the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Festival de Limoges (France), the University of Ottawa and Teatro della Limonaia (Florence). Adaptations of his plays for the big screen (Les Feluettes) and for television (L'Histoire de l'oie) have won him many accolades and prizes. In 2005, Bouchard was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Jim Corcoran is one of Québec's best-loved songrwriters. Since 1972, Jim has recorded over a dozen albums and performed around the world from Paris to Cairo to Drummondville! Known as a unique voice in Québec music, he is greatly appreciated for the subtlety of his texts, the beauty of his melodies and his witty sense of humour. His most recent CD, Pages Blanches won the Juno for Best Francophone album of the year in 2006. Jim is a sought-after collaborator and has written lyrics for many francophone artists, as well as for Le Cirque du Soleil.
CBC listeners will also recognize Jim as the host of À Propos. For over twenty years now, Jim has invited listeners to tune in and discover the diversity and audacity of Québec's music scene. Recently, the SPACQ and René Angélil gave Jim the Eddy Marnay award for his continuous support of francophone artists from Québec.
Carolyn Marie Souaid
Carolyn Marie Souaid has been writing and publishing poetry for over 20 years. The author of six books and the winner of the David McKeen Award for her first collection, Swimming into the Light, she has also been shortlisted for the A.M. Klein Prize and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. A key figure on the Montreal literary scene, she has toured her work across Canada and in France. Carolyn is a founding member and editor of Poetry Quebec.
Her latest work is Blood is Blood, a 15-minute video-poem based on the conflict in the Middle East and co-written with Endre Farkas, which will be premiered on October 28, 2010 at the CinemaSpace in the Segal Centre for Performing Arts.
Lysiane Gagnon was born in Montreal. In 1980, after several years as a reporter, she became the political columnist at the Montreal daily, La Presse. Since 1990, she has written a weekly column in the Globe and Mail. She won the Olivar Asselin Award in 1975 and received the National Newspaper Award twice: in 1975, in the long feature writing category, and in 1981, in the columns category. In 1984, her book, Vivre avec les hommes: un nouveau partage (Québec-Amérique) won the Readers' Award at the Salon du livre de Montréal. In 1985, she published Chroniques politiques (Boréal.)
Trained as a geographer, Georges-Hébert Germain has worked as a journalist and reporter for many Québec newspapers and magazines. Since the early seventies, he has frequently appeared as a cultural columnist on radio and television. He has written and hosted documentaries and television series focusing on topics such as contemporary writers and artists, the environment, and great adventures (Sur le dos de la Grande-Baleine, Le Cirque du Soleil, Destination Nor'Ouest). He has won over 20 journalism awards, including the Judith-Jasmin, Jules-Fournier, Louis-Chantigny and Montreal-Geneva awards. He has twice received top honours at Canada's National Magazine Awards.
He is the author of 19 books, some of which have been published abroad, which include works on the Inuit and early fur traders, as well as biographies on Christopher Columbus, Guy Lafleur, and Céline Dion. In 2010, he published a novel, La fureur et l'enchantement, which is set during the Rebellions of 1837-1838. He is currently working on a book about Robert Bourassa.
A writer for the New Yorker since 1986, Adam Gopnik has come to be known as one of the preeminent, wittiest, and most charming interpreters of contemporary life writing today.
Born in Philadelphia and largely raised in Montreal, he received his BA. in Art History from McGill University, and then did his graduate work at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He has written several books, including the national bestseller Angels And Ages: A Short Book About Lincoln, Darwin And Modern Life. His latest book, an adventure story for children called The Steps Across the Water, will be published in November.
Adam Gopnik has won multiple awards throughout his career, including the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism, and the Canadian National Magazine Award Gold Medal for arts writing. He now lives in New York with his wife and their two children.
Elaine Kalman Naves
Elaine Kalman Naves, who works as a writer, journalist, and broadcaster in Montreal, was born in Hungary, and grew up in Budapest, London, and Montreal. She was for many years literary columnist for the Montreal Gazette, and is the author of six books. Among them are the award-winning memoirs Journey to Vaja: Reconstructing the World of a Hungarian-Jewish Family and Shoshanna's Story: A Mother, A Daughter, and the Shadows of History. Elaine's other books include: The Writers of Montreal; Putting Down Roots: Montreal's Immigrant Writers; and Storied Streets: Montreal in the Literary Imagination (co-written with Bryan Demchinsky). Elaine is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio's Ideas, where her next project will be a two-part documentary about the great 19th-century Montreal photographer, William Notman. Elaine's honours include a Canadian Literary Award for Personal Essay, two Quebec Writers' Federation prizes for non-fiction, and two Jewish Book Awards for Holocaust Literature.
Born in Ottawa, Daniel Poliquin is one of Canada's leading francophone writers. He is the author of nearly a dozen books, mainly novels and short stories, which have garnered numerous literary awards. In 2001 he was awarded the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for In the Name of the Father: An Essay on Quebec Nationalism. His latest book, A Secret Between Us was short-listed for the 2007 Giller Prize.
All of Daniel Poliquin's novels have been translated into English and he is a noted literary translator himself. He has translated many important books into French, including works by Mordecai Richler, Jack Kerouac, W.O. Mitchell, Matt Cohen, and Douglas Glover.
Daniel Poliquin is a Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Pléïade, a recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal, a Member of the Order of Canada, a doctor honoris causa of the University of Ottawa and a Chevalier de l'Ordre des arts et des lettres de la République Française.
Monique Proulx was born in Québec City and lives in Montreal. She has written novels, short stories and screenplays, which have earned both critical and popular acclaim. Two of her novels have been made into films (Le sexe des étoiles and Homme invisible à la fenêtre). Several of her screenplays have picked up international awards; Le sexe des étoiles represented Canada in the foreign film category at the Oscars. Her short-story collection Les aurores montréales has been published in about 10 countries and is on its 15th printing. Most of her books have also been translated into English, such as her latest novel, Champagne (Wildlives in English).