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Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 1–5

Emma Albani / Emily Carr / George Grant / Jacques Plante / John Diefenbaker

by (author) Vladimir Konieczny, Darcy Dunton, Michelle Labrèche-Larouche, T.F. Rigelhof, Arthur Slade, Raymond Plante & Kate Braid

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2013
Historical, General, General
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Presenting five titles in the Quest Biography series that profiles prominent figures in Canada’s history. The important Canadian lives detailed here are: Emma Albani, a nineteenth century opera singer from Quebec who became a diva of the musical world; Emily Carr, the artist famous for capturing the essence in her paintings of the Native cultures of the coast of British Columbia; George Grant, a prescient political philosopher and author of Lament for a Nation; star NHL goalie Jacques Plante, the first netminder to don a protective mask; and honest Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, who led Canada in the late fifties and early sixties.


  • Emma Albani
  • Emily Carr
  • George Grant
  • Jacques Plante
  • John Diefenbaker

About the authors

Vlad Konieczny is a writer specializing in corporate communications. He is also a part-time instructor in the Writing and Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Born in a refugee camp in Germany in 1946, he immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1951. As a child, he studied piano and accordion in Toronto, competed in many music festivals and played in clubs during the late 1960s and early 1970s before attending university. A former teacher of English and music for the Vancouver School Board, Vlad is also an amateur musician who plays flute in a concert band and alto sax in a fifteen piece swing band. He first heard Glenn Gould play on CBC Radio in the early 1960s, and became an instant fan, following the pianist’s career until his death in 1982. Struggling for Perfection: The Story of Glenn Gould is his first book.

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Michelle Labrèche-Larouche has always loved music and writing. She has been a researcher, journalist, and editor for Châtelaine for over 20 years and is now responsible for the magazine ís arts and entertainment pages.

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T. F. Rigelhof is a contributing reviewer to the Books section at The Globe and Mail and was recently used as the intellectual pin-up for the new book section at the National Post.


His essay on religion in Canada at the end of the millennium, A Blue Boy in a Black Dress: A Memoir, won the QSPELL/Royal Bank of Canada Award for Non-Fiction in 1996 and was also nominated for the Governor General's Award. His critically acclaimed short stories of contemporary life in Montreal have been anthologized and adapted for television and are collected in Je t'aime, Cowboy.


His first novel, The Education of J.J. Pass, has been ranked as one of the best coming-of-age novels written by a Canadian. His satirical second novel, Badass on a Softail, was a finalist for the Mordecai Richler's Prix Parizeau II. Recently retired from teaching at Dawson College, Rigelhof now lives in Westmount, Quebec.

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The first volume in ARTHUR SLADE’s Hunchback Assignments series won the prestigious TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and the second volume, The Dark Deeps, was a finalist for the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the CLA Young Adult Book Award. Slade is also the author of Dust, a national bestseller and the winner of the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature. His other books include Tribes, Megiddo’s Shadow, Jolted, Monsterology, Villainology and the Canadian Chills series. He lives in Saskatoon. Visit him online at

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Raymond Plante has published over 32 award-winning books of fiction and non-fiction. He has also written for radio and television. He lives in Montréal, Québec, dividing his time between writing and teaching at L'Université du Québec à Montréal.

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Kate Braid worked as a receptionist, secretary, teacher’s aide, lumber piler, construction labourer, apprentice and journey-carpenter before finally “settling down”? as a teacher. She has taught construction and creative writing, the latter in workshops and also at SFU, UBC and for ten years at Vancouver Island University (previously Malaspina University-College). She is the author of A Well-Mannered Storm: The Glenn Gould Poems, Covering Rough Ground, To This Cedar Fountain and Inward to the Bones: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Journey with Emily Carr. In 2005 she co-edited, with Sandy Shreve, In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry. Braid’s second book of poems about her carpentry experiences, Turning Left to the Ladies, was published by Palimpsest Press. She lives in Burnaby, BC, with her partner.

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