Roch Carrier was born in the small town of Sainte-Justine, Quebec,
in 1937. He received a BA from the Universite Saint-Louis in
Edmunston, New Brunswick, a master's degree from the
Universite de Montreal, and a doctorate at the Universite de Paris.
He published his first book, La Guerre, Yes Sir! in 1968 at the age
of 31. He was secretary-general of the Theatre du Nouveau Monde in
Montreal, the director of the Canada Council from 1994 to 1997, and
appointed National Librarian in October 1999. He lives in Montreal.
Sheila Fischman was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She is the
translator of more than 150 novels. She has been awarded numerous
prizes, including the Governor General's Literary Award
for Translation, the Canada Council Translation Prize, and the
Molson Prize for the Arts. She is a Member of the Order of Canada
and a chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec. She lives in