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David Homel

Writing

The author of seven novels, David Homel published his first novel, Electrical Storms (1988). His latest novel, The Speaking Cure (2003), won the Quebec Writers’ Federation Hugh McLennan Prize for Fiction. Born in Chicago and resident in Quebec since 1980, the prodigiously bilingual Homel maintains a literary-arts column in La Presse, Quebec’s leading daily newspaper. A two-time Governor General’s Award winner for translation, he has introduced English readers to a wealth of Francophone writing, including novels by Dany Laferrière, Monique Proulx, and others. French translations of his novels regularly outsell their English originals and Homel has developed a strong following in Europe. His 1996 novel Sonya & Jack earned him France’s prestigious Prix Millepages, and his screenplays were honoured with a Prix Géode. In 2006, he published a children’s book, Travels With My Family, with his wife and fellow writer, Marie-Louise Gay. (DN)

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