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 Ottawa
Sheila Fischman is an acclaimed translator of French literature.
Her translations have been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller
Prize and the Governor General''s Literary Award, which she won in