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Born in Ottawa in 1953, Daniel Poliquin is one of Canada’s leading francophone writers. The author of nearly a dozen books in French, mainly novels and short story collections, he holds Master’s degrees in both German and Comparative Literature, and a doctorate in French Literature.

Poliquin’s early works, such as his first novel, Temps pascal (1982), and L'Obumsawin and Nouvelles de la capitale (both 1987), sought to establish the existence of Franco-Ontarian literature and his later books have garnered the Ottawa author a number of literary awards.

Poliquin’s third novel Visions de Jude (1990; translated into English as Visions of Jude and republished in 2000 as La Côte de Sable) earned him the 1990 Grand prix du Journal de Montréal and the 1991 Prix littéraire Le Droit; his novel L'écureuil noir (1995; translated into English as Black Squirrel), was a Governor General’s Award nominee and won the 1995 Prix littéraire Le Droit; and L'homme de paille (1998; translated into English as The Straw Man) won the 1998 Trillium Book Award, the province of Ontario’s top writing prize. Poliquin was also awarded the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for his non-fiction work In the Name of the Father: An Essay on Quebec Nationalism (Douglas & McIntyre, 2001), the English version of Le Roman colonial (2000).

Most recently, Poliquin’s latest book, A Secret Between Us (Douglas & McIntyre, 2007) was short-listed for the 2007 Giller Prize while the French version, La Kermesse (Éditions du Boréal, 2006), won the Ottawa Book Awards, as well as being a nominee in the French-language category of the 2007 Trillium Book Awards.

The award-winning author is also a Chevalier in the Ordre de la Pléiade, a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa.

All of Poliquin’s novels have been translated into English (the majority of which have been published by Douglas & McIntyre) and the author is a noted literary translator himself, who has translated many important books into French, including works by Mordecai Richler, Jack Kerouac, W.O. Mitchell, Matt Cohen, and Douglas Glover.

Daniel Poliquin lives in Ottawa, where he works as a parliamentary interpreter.

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A Secret Between Us

A Secret Between Us

Daniel Poliquin, Don Winkler

When young Lusignan sets off from Ottawa to the First World War with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, he has already survived a tragicomic Catholic childhood and a writing career that has brought him both acclaim and disgrace. Shortly b

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In the Name of the Father

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