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Arthur Puttee

Arthur Puttee, printer, editor (b at Folkestone, Eng 25 Aug 1868; d at Winnipeg 21 Oct 1957). Puttee was Manitoba's first Labour MP, as member for Winnipeg 1900-04.


Joseph-Israël Tarte

Joseph-Israël Tarte, journalist and politician (born 11 January 1848 in Lanoraie, Canada East; died 18 December 1907 in Montréal, QC). A brilliant, caustic and often impulsive polemicist, Tarte was the owner and editor-in-chief of several newspapers throughout his career, including Le Canadien, L’Événement, La Patrie and the Quebec Daily Mercury, which he used to support various political factions and causes.


Annie L. Jack

Annie Linda Jack, née Hayr, writer, horticulturist (born 1 January 1839 in Northamptonshire, England; died 15 February 1912 in Châteauguay, Quebec). Canada’s first professional woman garden writer, Annie Jack authored the popular manual The Canadian Garden: A Pocket Help for the Amateur. She was also a widely published poet, gardening columnist and social commentator.


Anne Hébert

Anne Hébert, CC, poet, playwright, novelist (born 1 August 1916 in Sainte-Catherine-de-Fossambault, QC; died 22 January 2000 in Montréal). A Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Royal Society of Canada, and a three-time winner of the Governor General’s Award, Anne Hébert's career was founded on a disciplined life devoted to writing. Her poetry and prose are models for other writers and have been analysed in hundreds of studies, particularly in Québec, but also in France and English Canada.


Annie Glen Broder

Annie Glen Broder (b Glen, m Broder). Pianist, teacher, critic, b Agra, India, 18?? d Calgary 18 Aug 1937. Educated in England, she was a pupil of Sir Arthur Sullivan and Sir John Stainer at the RCM.


Yvon Lafrance

Yvon Lafrance, author and philosopher (born 1 December 1930 in Montréal, QC; died 21 August 2014 in Montréal, QC). Lafrance was recognized internationally as a world specialist on Plato.


Arthur Hailey

Arthur Hailey, author (b at Luton, Eng 5 Apr 1920; d at Lyford Cay, New Providence Island, The Bahamas 24 Nov 2004). He served in the RAF 1939-47 as a flight lieutenant and immigrated to Canada in 1947.


Claude Gingras

Claude Gingras. Critic, author, b Sherbrooke, Que, 1 Jul 1931. He began his career as a journalist in 1952 with the Sherbrooke daily newspaper La Tribune.


Yolande Villemaire

Yolande Villemaire, teacher, writer (b at St-Augustin-des-Deux-Montagnes, Qué 28 Aug 1949). After studying dramatic arts at UQAM, where she received her BA (1970) and MA (1974), she taught creative literature at the Rosemont CEGEP.


Alexander Muir

Alexander Muir. Songwriter, school principal, poet, b Lesmahagow, near Lanark, Scotland, 5 Apr 1830, d Toronto 26 Jan 1906; BA (Queen's) 1851. His parents settled, when he was three, in Scarborough Township, east of Toronto, and he later taught 1853-60 in several Scarborough schools.


Barbara Amiel

Barbara Amiel, journalist and Lady Black of Crossharbour (b at Hertfordshire, Eng 1940). Barbara Amiel immigrated to Hamilton, Ontario, with her mother in 1952 where at the age of 14 she won first prize in a Hamilton Spectator essay contest.


Avrahm Galper

Avrahm (Abraham) Galper. Clarinetist, teacher, writer, b Edmonton, 16 Aug 1921. He lived in Palestine until 1946, studying clarinet there at 17 with Tzvi Tzipine and later in New York with Simeon Bellison and in London at the RAM with Frederick Thurston.


Anne Legault

Anne Legault, actress, playwright, novelist, short-story writer, teacher (b at Lachine, Qué 7 July 1958). Anne Legault began her career acting in children's theatre and television after completing her studies at the Conservatoire d'art dramatique in Montréal in 1981.


Bryan N.S. Gooch

Bryan N.S. (Niel Shirley) Gooch. Teacher of English and music, writer, pianist, conductor, harpsichordist, b Vancouver 31 Dec 1937; ARCT 1957, BA (British Columbia) 1959, LTCL 1959, FTCL 1961, MA (British Columbia) 1962, PH D English (London) 1968.


Carol Shields (Profile)

It was a radiant day last summer when Carol SHIELDS returned home to Winnipeg, a shimmering day in early July. But by late afternoon, the heat was beginning to take its toll, and it would be some time before the city's canopied elms would work their evening magic, casting shadows down the boulevard.


Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall, novelist, poet, journalist (b at South Durham, Que 16 Feb 1976). After growing up on a sheep farm in the rural Eastern Townships of Québec, Zoe Whittall moved to Montréal at age 18 to attend Dawson College and begin her writing career.