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Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 11–20

William Lyon Mackenzie King / René Lévesque / Samuel de Champlain / John Grierson / Lucille Teasdale / Maurice Duplessis / David Thompson / Mazo de la Roche / Susanna Moodie / Gabrielle Roy

by (author) lian goodall, Marguerite Paulin, Francine Legaré, Gary Evans, Deborah Cowley, Tom Shardlow, Heather Kirk, Anne Cimon & André Vanasse

translated by Jonathan Kaplansky & Nora Alleyn

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2013
Historical, General, General
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Presenting ten titles in the Quest Biography series that profiles prominent figures in Canada’s history. The important Canadian lives detailed here are: influential politicians Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King and Premiers René Lévesque and Maurice Duplessis; intrepid explorers Samuel de Champlain and David Thompson; National Film Board founder John Grierson; medical humanitarian Lucille Teasdale; and renowned writers Mazo de la Roche, Susanna Moodie, and Gabrielle Roy.


  • Willam Lyon Mackenzie King
  • René Lévesque
  • Maurice Duplessis
  • Samuel de Champlain
  • David Thompson
  • John Grierson
  • Lucille Teasdale
  • Susanna Moodie
  • Gabrielle Roy
  • Mazo de la Roche

About the authors

lian goodall has had an interest in sharing stories since she first made up poems for her little sisters. She began reviewing Canadian children’s books in the 1980s and currently has a regular column in the Guelph Mercury and St. Catharines Standard. Her first published book was with Warwick Press in 1999, Diego Maradona: The Man With the Magic Feet, the story of the great Argentinian soccer player. Her second, William Lyon Mackenzie King: Dreams and Shadows came out with XYZ publishing in 2003. She is presently the Program Officer at the Mackenzie King Estate in the Gatineau Park, Quebec, which is not too far from her home in Ottawa, Ontario, where she lives with one of her two daughters.

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Marguerite Paulin teaches at McGill University and also produces and hosts a radio program. She is also the author of René Lévesque (XYZ Publishing, 2004).

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Jonathan Kaplansky has translated several titles by Hélène Rioux, as well as several children’s titles and adult titles. His published translations, besides those by Rioux, include work by Annie Ernaux, Hélène Dorion and Serge Patrice Thibodeau. He also translated an extensive biography on filmmaker Frank Borzage. Jonathan Kaplansky studied at Tufts University and Université de Paris III, receiving an MA in French Language and Literature from McGill and an MA in Translation from the University of Ottawa. Originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, he currently lives in Montreal.

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A researcher and freelance writer, Francine Legaré lives in Quebec.

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Gary Evans, author of The National Interest: A Chronicle of the National Film Board of Canada from 1949 to 1989 (1991), has published extensively on the history of media and communications. A former student of John Grierson, Evans completed his degree in history at McGill and currently teaches at the University of Ottawa. Since 1975 he has also worked as a consultant and writer for the NFB.

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Georges Vanier, who served as Governor General of Canada from 1959 to 1967, was 26 when he was one of the first men to join the newly established Royal 22nd Regiment - known as the "Van Doos." He was in his second year in the Montreal firm of Dessaules and Garneau, and very much the son of a Montreal upper-class family. His service in the First World War shaped his character, and he often described the four years spent on the battlefields of Europe as the most rewarding of his life. Vanier, described byMaclean's as "Canada's moral compass," remains one of the most respected and deeply loved figures in Canadian public life.

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Nora Alleyn grew up in a bicultural family in Québec City. Following a B.A. in languages at McGill University, she joined the Department of External Affairs and lived in Europe and the Middle East. She studied translation at Laval, McGill and the Université de Montréal, and creative writing at the National University of Ireland (Galway), Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference (University of Vermont), Summer Film Institute (Massachussetts), and West Word (UBC).

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Tom Shardlow holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and is a Research Biologist with more than thirty articles contributed to international scientific and technical journals. His diverse writing, ranges from poetry and prize winning short fiction published in literary magazines to book reviews for Quill and Quire and Canadian Geographic. His freelance work, which includes creative drawings and photographs, often appear as feature articles in magazines and in newspapers. Tom has completed a biography of David Thompson , A Trail by Stars, for XYZ Publishing and is currently working on a popular history of biology and a science-fiction novel. He lives with his family on Vancouver Island.

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Heather Kirk has written professionally for more than thirty-five years, producing newspaper and magazine articles, scholarly articles, radio scripts, poetry, and fiction. She has also taught for more than twenty-five years in universities and colleges. Recently she has authored four books for young people. She currently lives in Barrie, Ontario.

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Anne Cimon is a writer and poet, living near Montreal, Quebec. She has published four books of poetry. Cimon has also worked as a freelance writer for many years and her book reviews and literary articles have been published in many Canadian and U.S. magazines and newspapers.

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André Vanasse obtained a Ph.D. in literature from the Université de Paris-Vincennes. He is vice-chairman and editorial director of XYZ éditeur. He is directs the Romanichels and the Étoile variables collections, and is editor of the literary magazine Lettres Québécoises. André also writes novels and essays.

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