Leonard Cohen is backstage at Hamilton Place, having just performed an epic concert for an ecstatic audience. He's still wearing the hat, and with the double-breasted suit that threatens to engulf his slight frame, the rakish fedora lends him the air of a gangster from a lost age.Maclean's
Félicité Angers, pen name Laure Conan, writer (b at La Malbaie, Qué 9 Jan 1845; d at Québec C 6 June 1924). A witness to her times and the first French Canadian female novelist, Conan's writings followed the triple imperative of family, nation and religion.
Hubert Aquin, novelist (born 24 October 1929 in Montréal, QC; died 15 March 1977 in Montréal).
Gilles Archambault, novelist (b at Montréal 19 Sept 1933). He received his BA (1955) from Collège Sainte-Marie and his LL (1957) from Université de Montréal. He worked for Radio-Canada (1963-92) before becoming a radio producer and commentator.
Yves Beauchemin, writer (b at Noranda, Québec; d 26 June 1941). Before becoming a Radio-Québec researcher, Beauchemin taught and worked in publishing.
Marie-Claire Blais, novelist (b at Québec City 5 Oct 1939). Marie-Claire Blais grew up in the working-class neighbourhood of Limoilou, in Québec City.
Victor-Lévy Beaulieu, journalist, novelist, essayist, playwright, publisher, polemicist (b at Saint-Paul-de-la-Croix, Que, 2 Sep 1945).
James De Mille, professor, novelist (b at Saint John 23 Aug 1833; d at Halifax 28 Jan 1880). He spent most of his life teaching history, rhetoric and literature at Dalhousie in Halifax.
William Richard Bird, novelist (b at East Mapleton, NS 11 May 1891; d at Sackville, NB 28 Jan 1984). Bird had a diverse career while at the same time publishing almost annually for 4 decades.
Clark Blaise, novelist, short-story writer (b at Fargo, N Dak 10 Apr 1940). Clark Blaise spent his childhood moving around the United States, where his Canadian parents were living and working.
Anne Hébert, CC, poet, playwright, novelist (born 1 August 1916 in Sainte-Catherine-de-Fossambault, QC; died 22 January 2000 in Montréal).
Robert Kroetsch, writer, editor, teacher (born at Heisler, Alta 26 Jun 1927, died at Edmonton, 21 Jun 2011). Kroetsch grew up on his father's farm and studied at the University of Alberta and the University of Iowa.
Howard O'Hagan, writer (b at Lethbridge, Alta 17 Feb 1902; d 18 Sept 1982). O'Hagan was one of the first native-born westerners to make a mark on Canadian literature and is best known for his novel of the Rocky Mountains, Tay John (1939). His life is almost as noteworthy as his writing.
Nino Ricci, novelist (b at Leamington, Ont 1959). Nino Ricci was born and grew up in Leamington, Ont, the new Canadian home of his Italian immigrant parents. His university studies took him to York University, Concordia University, and the University of Florence.
Charles Henri Diederick Hoefsmit de Lint, novelist, short story writer (b at Bussum, Netherlands 22 Dec 1951). A fantasy writer, he reflects in his work a thorough knowledge of traditional music, folktales and myths.
Paul Quarrington, novelist, playwright (b at Toronto, Ont 22 Jul 1953, d Toronto 21 Jan 2010). Paul Quarrington grew up in Don Mills, Ont, and attended the University of Toronto. He settled in Toronto, where he graduated from the Canadian Film Centre.
Sandra Birdsell, née Sandra Bartlett, short-story writer, novelist (b at Hamiota, Man 22 Apr 1942). Sandra Birdsell grew up in Morris, Man, the fifth of the 11 children of her Russian Mennonite mother and Métis father.
Rohinton Mistry, short-story writer, novelist (b at Bombay, India 3 Jul 1952). After graduating in 1973 in mathematics and economics from Bombay University, Rohinton Mistry immigrated 2 years later to Toronto, where he found employment as a clerk in the accounting department of a bank.
Vincent Lam, writer, medical doctor (b at London, Ont 5 Sept 1974). Lam's family is from an expatriate Chinese community in Vietnam. Lam, however, was born in Canada and raised in the country's capital.
Drew Hayden Taylor, playwright, broadcaster, writer (born at Curve Lake First Nation near Peterborough, Ont, 1 July 1962).
Lee Maracle, author and critic (born 2 July 1950 in Vancouver, BC).
Andrew Stuart McLean, journalist, professor, radio host, author, humorist (born 19 April 1948 in Montréal, QC; died 15 February 2017). Stuart McLean attended high school at Lower Canada College and received a BA from Sir George Williams University (later called Concordia) in 1971.
Adam Gopnik, essayist, author, critic (born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 24 Aug 1956). While born in America, Gopnik was raised in Montréal, where he completed a BA at McGill University. He moved to New York, a city that remains his home, to attend graduate school.