Veteran broadcaster, journalist, director and producer Monique Durand has been working at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) since 1982, pursuing a keen interest in international development and humanitarian aid, and creating several radio series in developing countries, including investigative pieces on women in war, human rights and social justice. Durand’s literary credits include a series of short stories in 1998 and La Femme du peintre The Painter’s Wife, her first novel published in France in 2003.
Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Sheila Fischman was raised in Ontario and is a graduate of the University of Toronto. She is a founding member of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada and has also been a columnist for the Globe and Mail and Montreal Gazette, a broadcaster with CBC Radio, and literary editor of the Montreal Star. She now devotes herself full time to literary translation, specializing in contemporary Quebec fiction, and has translated more than 125 Quebec novels by, among others, Michel Tremblay, Jacques Poulin, Anne Hébert, François Gravel, Marie-Claire Blais, and Roch Carrier.
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