Jocelyne Saucier

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Jocelyne Saucier
Jocelyne Saucier at the Eden Mills Writers Festival in 2015
Saucier at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2015
Born 27 May 1948
Clair, New Brunswick, Canada
Occupation novelist, journalist
Language French
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Université Laval
Period 1990s-present
Genre fiction
Notable works Il pleuvait des oiseaux
Notable awards Prix Ringuet, Prix France-Québec, Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie

Jocelyne Saucier (born 27 May 1948 in Clair, New Brunswick)[1] is a Canadian novelist and journalist based in Quebec.[2]

Educated in political science at the Université Laval, Saucier worked as a journalist in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Quebec before publishing her debut novel, La Vie comme une image, in 1996. That book was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for French-language fiction at the 1996 Governor General's Awards. Her second novel, Les Héritiers de la mine, was a finalist for the Prix France-Québec in 2001, and her third novel, Jeanne sur les routes, was a finalist at the 2006 Governor General's Awards. Her fourth novel, Il pleuvait des oiseaux, won the Prix France-Québec, the Prix Ringuet, the Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie, the Prix des lecteurs de Radio-Canada[3] and the Prix littéraire des collégiens,[4] while And the Birds Rained Down, its English translation by Rhonda Mullins, was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for French to English translation at the 2013 Governor General's Awards.[5]

Il pleuvait des oiseaux was selected for the 2013 edition of Le Combat des livres, where it was championed by dancer and broadcaster Geneviève Guérard. And the Birds Rained Down was defended by Martha Wainwright in the 2015 edition of Canada Reads.[6]



  1. ^ Jocelyne Saucier at L'infocentre littéraire des écrivains québécois
  2. ^ "Jocelyne Saucier: le privilège de la vie". La Presse, February 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "Jocelyne Saucier remporte le Prix des lecteurs 2012". Ici Radio-Canada, April 17, 2012.
  4. ^ "Jocelyne Saucier remporte le Prix de la décennie". Le Citoyen Abitibi-Ouest, November 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "Governor General Literary Award finalists announced". Vancouver Sun, October 2, 2013.
  6. ^ "CBC announces Canada Reads finalists". Toronto Star, January 20, 2015.