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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Madeleine Monette (1951 - )

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Born in Montreal, Madeleine Monette lives in New York City where she wrote her first novel, le Double suspect (1980, Robert-Cliche Award). Three other novels followed: Petites Violences (1982), Amandes et melon (1991), and la Femme furieuse (1997). Since 1981, Madeleine Monette has been awarded grants by the Canada Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Short-listed for literary awards such as the Marguerite Yourcenar Award, the Prix France-Québec Philippe-Rossillon and the Prix Ringuet de l’Académie des lettres du Québec, Madeleine Monette was writer in residence at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1993-1994. She has been awarded the first grant from the Fonds Gabrielle-Roy in 1994, which allowed her to live in Roy's house on the St. Lawrence River. Many of her fictions were broadcasted on CBC Radio; others were published in collections of short stories and literary magazines such as Arcade, Trois, Ecrits du Canada français, Ecrits, Moebius, Québec français, Le Sabord, Possibles, Liberté, Nuit blanche, Tessera and Virages (in Canada); Romance Languages Annual, Beacons, Americas’ Society Review (in the U.S.); Europe and Sud (in France). Since 1983 she has given lectures and readings in Canada, France, the West Indies, and throughout the United States. Her first novel came out in English translation under the title Doubly Suspect in 2000. Madeleine Monette is currently at work on her fifth novel.

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