Madeleine Monette


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Novelist, short-story writer and poet, Madeleine Monette was born in Montreal and lives in New York City. She published several novels: Le Double suspect (1980, Robert-Cliche Award), Petites Violences (1982), Amandes et melon (1991), La Femme furieuse (1997) and Les Rouleurs (2007). In 2000, Le Double suspect came out in English under the title Doubly Suspect. Her first book of poetry, Ciel à outrances, was published in 2013 and translated under the title Lashing Skies in 2014. Her novel Les Rouleurs will come out in France under the title Skatepark in 2015

Short-listed for literary awards such as the Marguerite Yourcenar Award (United States), the Prix France-Québec Philippe-Rossillon (France), the Prix Molson and Prix Ringuet de l’Académie des Lettres du Québec and the Prix Elle Québec (Canada), Madeleine Monette was writer in residence at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 1993-1994. She was awarded the first Gabrielle-Roy Writing Grant in 1994, which allowed her to live in Roy's summer house on the St. Lawrence River. In 2007, she was writer in residence at the Château de Lavigny in Switzerland. In 2007-2008, she was a member of the jury of the Canada-Japan Award and of the Prix Ringuet du roman de l’Académie des lettres du Québec. In 2008-2009, she reviewed American novels on the national radio program Vous m’en lirez tant of the Société Radio-Canada. Since 2009, as a member of the Académie des lettres du Québec, she is a co-organizer of the annual Québec session of Femmes-Monde à La Coupole, in Paris.

Over the years, many of her texts were read on the radio and published in short-story collections such as Histoires de livres, Lignes de métro, Nouvelles d'Amérique, Nouvelles de Montréal, Plages; others, including poems, appeared in literary publications such as Arcade, Code-Barres, Écrits du Canada français, Écrits, Estuaire, Exit, Liberté, Moebius, Nuit blanche, Possibles, Québec français, Le Sabord, Trois and XYZ (in Québec), Tessera and Virages (in English Canada), Americas' Society Review, Beacons, Women in French Studies, and Romance Language Annual (in the United States), Europe, Sud and Riveneuve-Continents (in France).

Since 1983, she has given lectures and public readings, taken part in festivals of literature, book fairs, conferences and international meetings of writers, and toured in North America, Europe, the Caribbean, New Caledonia…

Madeleine Monette was featured in the literary magazine Lettres québécoises in 2009. Many studies on her work appeared in Québec and elsewhere, including a collective entitled Relectures de Madeleine Monette (Summa Publications, USA, 2000). An in-depth interview entitled "La Vigilance du roman", together with an essay on Petites Violences and Les Rouleurs, was published in France, by Editions de la Transparence, in La violence au féminin.

She is a member of the P.E.N. American Center of New York, the Centre québécois du P.E.N. international and the Union des écrivaines et écrivains québécois (UNEQ).

In 2007, she was received into the Académie des lettres du Québec.




Ciel à outrances, Editions l’Hexagone, Montréal, 2013, 112 p.

Lashing Skies, Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, B.C., 2014, 104 p.


Skatepark, Galaade Editions, Paris, 2015, 480 p.

Les Rouleurs, Hurtubise HMH, Coll. L’Arbre, Montréal, 2007, 449 p.

La Femme furieuse, Editions l’Hexagone, Montréal, 1997, 336 p. Republished 1998 and 2000. Short-listed for the Marguerite Yourcenar Award in the US, the Elle Québec Readers Award, the Philippe-Rossillon France/Québec Award and the Académie des lettres du Québec Award.

Amandes et melon, Editions l'Hexagone, Montreal, 1991. 466 p. Short-listed for the Académie des lettres québécoises Award and the Edgar-Lespérance Award. Mass market edition, Typo, Montreal, 1997, 585 p.

Petites Violences, Editions Quinze, Montreal, 1982, 242 p. Mass market edition, Typo, Montreal, 1994, 241 p.

Le Double Suspect, Editions Quinze, Montreal, 1980, 241 p. Robert-Cliche Award. Mass market editions, Coll. 10/10, Montreal, 1988 and 1991. Mass market edition, Typo, Montreal, 1996, 228 p.

Doubly Suspect, transl. by Luise von Flotow, Guernica Editions, Toronto, 144 p. 2000.

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