DANIEL POLIQUIN,
TRANSLATOR, INTERPRETER AND WRITER
 
Born in Ottawa on December 18, 1953, Daniel Poliquin has written novels, short stories and essays. He holds two M.A.'s and a Ph.D. Among his early works are the novels Temps pascal (1982) and L’Obomsawin (1987) (translated into English as Obomsawin of Sioux Junction) and the collection Nouvelles de la capitale (1987). His Visions de Jude (translated into English as Visions of Jude) garnered a number of awards including the Grand Prix 1990 of the Journal de Montréal and the Prix Littéraire Le Droit in 1991. In 1993, he was awarded the first Prix du Salon du Livre de Toronto for his complete body of work. L’Écureuil noir, a novel published in 1994 (translated into English as Black Squirrel), earned him the Le Signet d’Or award in 1994 and the Prix Littéraire Le Droit in 1995 and was nominated for a Governor General’s award. It was followed by an anthology of short stories, Le Canon des gobelins (1994), and a novelized biography, Samuel Hearne, le marcheur de l’Arctique (1994). In 1999, he received the prestigious Trillium Book Award for L’Homme de paille (The Straw Man). 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, the English translation of Le Roman colonial (2000). In 2006, the acclaimed novel La Kermesse (translated into English as A Secret Between Us) was published; the original version won the Ottawa Book Awards and was nominated for a Trillium Book Award, while the translation was shortlisted for the 2007 Giller Prize. Daniel Poliquin has translated Pic and The Town and the City by Jack Kérouac; Ladybug, Ladybug by W.O. Mitchell; Get on Top by David Homel; and Oh Canada! Oh Québec!: Requiem for a Divided Country by Mordecai Richler, as well as books by Matt Cohen, Paul Almond and Douglas Glover. The award-winning author is also a chevalier of the Ordre de la Pléiade (1999), a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and a member of the Order of Canada (2004). In 2006, he was awarded an honourary doctorate by the University of Ottawa. In 2009, his book René Lévesque was published.