Fred A. Reed

International journalist and award-winning literary translator Fred A. Reed is also a respected specialist on politics and religion in the Middle East. Anatolia Junction, his acclaimed work on the unacknowledged wars of the Ottoman succession, has been translated in Turkey, where it enjoys a wide following. Shattered Images, which explores the origins of contemporary fundamentalist movements in Islam, has also been translated into Turkish, and into French as Images brisées (VLB éditeur, Montréal).

After several years as a librarian and trade union activist at the Montreal Gazette, Reed began reporting from Islamic Iran in 1984, visiting the Islamic Republic thirty times since then. He has also reported extensively on Middle Eastern affairs for La Presse, CBC Radio-Canada and Le Devoir.

A three-time winner of the Governor General’s Award for translation, plus a nomination in 2009 for his translation of Thierry Hentsch’s Le temps aboli, Empire of Desire, Reed has translated works by many of Quebec’s leading authors, several in collaboration with novelist David Homel, as well as by Nikos Kazantzakis and other modern Greek writers.

Reed worked with documentarist Jean-Daniel Lafond on two documentary films: Salam Iran, a Persian Letter and American Fugitive. The two later collaborated on Conversations in Tehran (Talonbooks, 2006). Fred A. Reed resides in Montreal.

The Green Chamber

Short-listed 2018 Prix des Horizons imaginaires (for imaginative literature from Quebec)

Winner 2017 Prix Jacques-Brossard (for science fiction and fantasy from Quebec)

Long-listed 2017 Prix des libraires du Québec

Zora, A Cruel Tale

Winner 2013 Winner of the 2013 Robert-Cliche Prize

Winner 2014 Prix Jacques-Brossard


Winner 2013 Sunburst Award

Winner 2010 Prix Jacques Brossard

Short-listed 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award (French Fiction)

Short-listed 2010 Prix des libraires du Quebec

Short-listed 2010 Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie

Empire of Desire

Short-listed 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation

All That Glitters

Short-listed 2005 Governor General's Literary Award for French Fiction

Truth or Death

Winner 2005 Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation

Fairy Ring

Winner 2001 Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation