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Fernand Ouellette
Born in Montreal, Fernand Ouellette is a prolific writer with works translated in more than a dozen languages. In 1967, his biography of Edgard Varèse won the Prix France-Québec. His collection of essays, Les Actes retrouvés, won the first of his Governor General’s Awards in 1971, an award he turned down. In 1972, his collected poems, Poésie, took the Prix France-Canada. This wa followed by two more Governor General’s Awards: in 1985, for his novel, Lucie ou un midi en novembre; in 1987, for Les Heures, from which this translation is taken. That year also saw him honoured with the Prix Athanase-David for the body of his work. In 1991, he won the Premier Prix de Poésie du Journal de Montréal and the Prix Suisse-Canada. In 2002, he was honoured with the Prix Gilles-Corbeil offered by the Fondation Émile-Nelligan, for the body of his work. In 2006, Ouellette received the Prix Alain-Grandbois given by the Académie des lettres du Québec. In 2008, his poetry earned him, in Paris, the Grand Prix international de poésie de langue française Léopold Sédar Senghor, and, in 2009, in Benin, the Grand Prix du Salon international des Poètes francophones. In 2010, Fernand Ouellette was given the Medal of Excellence by the Académie des lettres du Québec.