Michèle Mailhot was born in 1932 in Montreal. She is the winner of the 1990 Governor General’s Fiction Award for her novel Le Passé Composé. She lives and works in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. The translation of her novel Death of the Spider (1991) was nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Translation in 1992.
Born in Quebec, Marie-Claire Blais published her first novel at the age of twenty, and has gone on to publish twenty novels to date in France and Quebec—all of which have been translated into English—in addition to five plays and several collections of poetry. All of her writings have met with international acclaim. Winner of the Prix Médicis, the Prix Belgo-Canadien, the Prix France-Québec and many others, Blais continues to devote herself to work that is proud and exacting.
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