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Canada's Unknown Writers

They write about anything and everything. A Parisian cop and his unlikely Gestapo partner in occupied France. Magical swords in a parallel Tudor kingdom. Tempestuous Regency heroines. Quiet Christian prayer. Guides to fantasy realms.

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Jacques Poulin

Jacques Poulin, novelist (b at Saint-Gédéon de Beauce, Qc 23 Sep. 1937). Jacques Poulin, the author of nine novels and winner of several literary awards including the Prix David in 1995, is among the most widely read Québécois novelists of his generation and the most respected by critics.

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Philip Thomas Timms

Philip Thomas Timms, commercial photographer, printer, amateur archaeologist, musician (b at Toronto 16 Sept 1874; d at Vancouver 8 Aug 1973). Perhaps Vancouver's best early photographer, Timms concentrated on postcards, prints and lantern slides which he processed and printed himself.

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Sarah Fischer

Sarah Fischer, soprano, teacher (b at Paris, France 23 Feb 1896; Canadian citizen 1912; d at Montréal 3 May 1975).

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Dominique Ducharme

Dominique Ducharme, soldier, fur trader, office holder (b François Dominique Ducharme at Lachine, Que 15 May 1765; d at Lac-des-Deux-Montagnes, Que 3 Aug 1853).

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Atom Egoyan (Profile)

Lunch with Atom Egoyan. He arrives late, on the run in a day of interviews. This is Toronto, his home town, but he might as well be on tour. His personal publicist hovers close by; a driver waits at the curb outside the restaurant.

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Milan Kymlicka

Milan Kymlicka. Arranger, composer, conductor, born Louny, Czechoslovakia, 15 May 1936, naturalized Canadian 1974, died Toronto, 9 Oct 2008.

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Arsinée Khanjian

It has taken her far. She fell in love on the set, left her husband, moved to Toronto and began a new life. "I had met an artist from my own background," she says. "This was the world I had always dreamt about without knowing it.

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Moses Znaimer (Interview)

No one loves TELEVISION more than Moses ZNAIMER - and few can claim to have done more to influence its direction. Znaimer, who never gives his age, foresaw the rise of specialty TV and created techniques now copied worldwide to break down traditional walls between performers and their audience.

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David Bergen (Profile)

ON A COLD January afternoon three years ago, novelist and teacher David Bergen was walking home from his day job at Winnipeg's Kelvin High School when he spotted a teenage girl seated on the railing of the Maryland Bridge, her legs dangling above the Assiniboine River.

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Alan Mills

Albert Miller (Alan Mills), CM, opera singer, folksinger, actor, writer (born 7 September 1912, possibly 1913, in Lachine, QC; died 14 June 1977 in Montréal, QC).

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Urjo Kareda

Urjo Kareda, theatre director, dramaturge, arts journalist (b at Tallinn, Estonia 9 Feb 1944; d at Toronto 26 Dec 2001), was a key figure in the arts in Canada, from his earliest involvement in 1970 (as a film and theatre critic) until his death (as artistic director of the TARRAGON THEATRE).

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Elmore Leonard (Profile)

When it comes to the art of how to Be Cool, Elmore Leonard wrote the book - in every way. First, there's his new novel of the same name, which rocketed to a position near the top of North American best-seller lists almost immediately upon its release last month.

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Fox Battles Parkinson's Disease

The early symptoms can be minor and easy to ignore - a leg that drags when the victim is walking, an inexplicable difficulty fastening an earring or a voice that gradually weakens to a whisper. In the case of Canadian-born television and movie star Michael J.

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Guy Gavriel Kay

And to the fantasy angle. Kay's latest bid for mainstream acceptance is his most ambitious work yet. The newly released Lord of Emperors completes The Sarantine Mosaic, a two-volume series begun in 1998 with Sailing to Sarantium.

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Coeur de pirate

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Olive Dickason

Olive Patricia Dickason (née Williamson), CM, Métis journalist, historian, university professor, author (born 6 March 1920 in Winnipeg, MB; died 12 March 2011 in Ottawa, ON). Dickason was the first scholar in Canada to receive a PhD in Indigenous history. Her ground-breaking research and books about Indigenous and Métis history and culture transformed how Canadians perceive the origin of their country and Indigenous peoples. Dickason’s work inspired a new generation of scholars, helping to launch Indigenous studies as an area of scholarly research. She received an Order of Canada in recognition of her achievements.

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Caro Lamoureux

Caro (Marie Julienne Pauline Caroline) Lamoureux. Soprano, b Montreal 3 Jan 1904, d there 11 Aug 1998. She studied voice with Céline Marier and stage technique with Jeanne Maubourg and Albert Roberval.