Arlette Cousture

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Arlette Cousture
Born (1948-04-03) April 3, 1948 (age 76)
Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada
Notable worksLes Filles de Caleb

Arlette Cousture, OC CQ (born April 3, 1948) is a Canadian writer. She writes historical fiction, often depicting the lives of women in Quebec.[1][2] Many of her novels have become best-sellers in the French language.[3]

Early life[edit]

Cousture was born in Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from collège Sainte-Marie.[4]


As a young woman, Cousture worked at Radio-Canada television. She later worked in radio and as a journalist. She worked in communications at Hydro Quebec.[4]

In the 1980s Cousture wrote a pair of best-selling novels, Les filles de Caleb, about the life of a young teacher in rural Quebec.[5][6][7] The stories later became the basis of a television series[8][9] and were translated into English.[10][11] Cousture later wrote more stories about the novels' heroine, Emilie.

In the 1990s Cousture wrote a two-volume story, Ces Enfants d'ailleurs, about a Polish family's move to Canada during World War II.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 1998, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2012, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.[12]


  1. ^ Mary Jean Matthews Green. Women and Narrative Identity: Rewriting the Quebec National Text. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP; 2001. ISBN 978-0-7735-2207-7. p. 124–.
  2. ^ Between Woman and Nation: Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms, and the State. Duke University Press; 1999. ISBN 0-8223-2322-2. p. 56–.
  3. ^ Quebec. Scholastic Library Publishing; October 1992. ISBN 978-0-516-06617-2. p. 93.
  4. ^ a b c Arlette Cousture at The Canadian Encyclopedia
  5. ^ Reingard M. Nischik. History of Literature in Canada: English-Canadian and French-Canadian. Camden House; 2008. ISBN 978-1-57113-359-5. p. 446–.
  6. ^ W.H. New. A History of Canadian Literature. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP; 6 August 2003. ISBN 978-0-7735-7136-5. p. 344–.
  7. ^ Adamson, Judith. "Nostalgia for a simpler Quebec" Archived 2018-02-06 at the Wayback Machine. Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont. Jan 09, 1993 F.14
  8. ^ Sharing the Blessings. Médiaspaul; 1996. ISBN 978-2-89420-315-6. p. 111–.
  9. ^ David L. Pike. Canadian Cinema Since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World. University of Toronto Press; 6 December 2012. ISBN 978-1-4426-9832-1. p. 162–.
  10. ^ John Robert Colombo. Fascinating Canada: A Book of Questions and Answers. Dundurn; 27 May 2011. ISBN 978-1-4597-0028-4. p. 138–.
  11. ^ Quill & Quire. Vol. 58. 1992. p. 19.
  12. ^ "Les récipiendaires de l'Ordre national du Québec" (in French). Archived from the original on 2012-06-04.

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