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Antonine Maillet, PC CC OQ ONB FRSC (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃tɔnin majɛ]; born May 10, 1929) is an Acadian novelist, playwright, and scholar. She was born in Bouctouche, New Brunswick and lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Following high school, she received her BA from the Université de Moncton, followed by an MA from the same institution. She then received her PhD in literature in 1970 from the Université Laval. She taught literature and folklore at Laval, then in Montreal between 1971 and 1976. She later worked for Radio-Canada in Moncton as a script writer and host.
In 1976 she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1981. Maillet was awarded the Royal Society of Canada's Lorne Pierce Medal in 1980. In 1985 she was made an Officier des Arts et des Lettres de France and in 2005 she was inducted into the Order of New Brunswick. She is a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada since 1 July 1992. This gives Her the Right to the Honorific Prefix "The Honourable" and the Post Nominal Letters "PC" for Life.
In 1979 her work Pélagie-la-Charrette won the Prix Goncourt, making her the first non-European recipient.
In 1988, Antonine Maillet hosted the French-language Leaders' Debate for Radio-Canada TV between Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Liberal Party of Canada Leader John Turner, and New Democratic Party leader Ed Broadbent.
From 1989 to 2000, she served as chancellor of the Université de Moncton.
In 1994, the College Militaire Royal theatre group performed in a play by Antonine Maillet both at CMR and at Royal Military College of Canada. Ms Maillet was granted an Honorary Degree from RMC in 1995.
- Pointe-aux-Coques - 1958
- On a mangé la dune - 1962
- Les Crasseux - 1968
- La Sagouine - 1971
- Rabelais et les traditions populaires en Acadie - 1971
- Don l'Orignal - 1972 (winner of the (1972 Governor General's Award for Fiction)
- Par derrière chez mon père - 1972
- Gapi et Sullivan - 1973
- Mariaagélas - 1973
- gapi - 1976
- La Veuve enragée - 1977
- Les Cordes-de-bois - 1977
- Le Bourgeois Gentleman - 1978
- Pélagie-la-Charrette - 1979 (winner of the Prix Goncourt)
- La Contrebandière - 1981
- Les Drolatiques, Horrifiques et Épouvantables Aventures de Panurge, ami de Pantagruel - 1981
- Crache à pic - 1984
- Garrochés en paradis - 1986
- Le Huitième Jour - 1986
- Margot la folle - 1987
- L'Oursiade - 1990
- William S. - 1991
- Les Confessions de Jeanne de Valois - 1992
- La Nuit des rois - 1993
- La Fontaine ou la Comédie des animaux - 1995
- Le Chemin Saint-Jacques - 1996
- L'Île-aux-Puces - 1996
- Chronique d'une sorcière de vent 1999
- Madame Perfecta - 2002
- Pierre Bleu - 2006