Monique Nemni

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Monique Nemni
Occupationlinguist, biographer
Notable worksYoung Trudeau, Trudeau Transformed
SpouseMax Nemni

Monique Nemni (born 1936) is a Canadian linguist and writer, best known for a series of biographies of former Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau which she cowrote with her husband Max Nemni.[1]

She is a retired professor of linguistics at the Université du Québec à Montréal,[2] and a former coeditor of Cité Libre.[3]

The first volume of the Trudeau biography, Young Trudeau: Son of Quebec, Father of Canada, 1919-1944, won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing in 2006.[4] The second volume, Trudeau Transformed: The Shaping of a Statesman, 1944-1965, was a shortlisted nominee for the same award in 2011.[1] A third volume, focusing on Trudeau's career in elected politics after 1965, is slated for future publication.


  • Young Trudeau: Son of Quebec, Father of Canada, 1919-1944 (2006, ISBN 978-0771067495)
  • Trudeau Transformed: The Shaping of a Statesman, 1944-1965 (2011, ISBN 978-0771051258)


  1. ^ a b "The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Series, with Max and Monique Nemni" Archived 2015-02-10 at the Wayback Machine. Open Book Toronto, April 23, 2012.
  2. ^ "History texts biased, linguist charges: Quebec program said to underplay federalist themes". Montreal Gazette, May 16, 1996.
  3. ^ "Cite Libre division on display". Montreal Gazette, March 26, 1996.
  4. ^ "Biography of Trudeau's youth wins Shaughnessy Cohen prize". CBC News, February 28, 2007.