Marie-Claire Blais

Marie-Claire Blais is a defining figure in Canada&146;s literary landscape, with over 30 books to her credit, including "La Belle Bete" ("Mad Shadows"), published when she was twenty, "Une Saison dans la vie d'Emmanuel" ("A Season in the Life of Emmanuel"), which is now taught regularly in university and college courses, and "Soifs" ("These Festive Nights"), which won the Governor General's Award in 1996.