|Notable works||Black Bird|
Basilières, the son of a Québécois father and an English Canadian mother, grew up as an anglophone despite his French surname. He studied creative writing at Concordia University, but dropped out before graduating, and spent much of his adult life working in bookstores in both Montreal and Toronto.
Black Bird was published in 2003 as part of Knopf Canada's New Faces of Fiction series of works by emerging writers. A comic, magic realist take on the October Crisis of 1970, the novel won the Books in Canada First Novel Award for 2004, and was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Novel.
- "An ambition fulfilled". Montreal Gazette, April 12, 2003.
- "Alone between two solitudes". The Globe and Mail, May 5, 2003.
- "The October Crisis you've never seen". Ottawa Citizen, March 27, 2003.
- "First Novel prize goes to October Crisis story". Kingston Whig-Standard, October 14, 2004.
- "Leacock shortlisters". National Post, March 25, 2004.
- "Allowing Oneself To be Deceived". National Post, May 9, 2015.