François Gravel (born October 4, 1951) is a Canadian writer from Quebec.[1] Most noted as an author of literature for children and young adults, he has also published a number of adult novels.[2]

François Gravel
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Born (1951-10-24) October 24, 1951 (age 68)
Montreal, Quebec
Occupationnovelist, young adult writer
LanguageFrench
NationalityCanadian
Notable worksOstende, Fillion et frères, Adieu, Betty Crocker

An economics graduate of the Université du Québec à Montréal, Gravel taught economics at Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu until 2006.[3] He is the partner of writer Michèle Marineau and the father of writer and illustrator Élise Gravel.[4]

His most recent adult novel, À vos ordres, colonel Parkinson!, was inspired by his own recent diagnosis with Parkinson's disease.[1]

Many of his works have been translated into English by Sheila Fischman.[5]

AwardsEdit

He won the Governor General's Award for French-language children's literature at the 1991 Governor General's Awards for Deux heures et demie avant Jasmine.[6] He has been shortlisted for the award five other times: at the 1994 Governor General's Awards for Klonk,[7] at the 2000 Governor General's Awards for L'été de la moustache,[8] at the 2002 Governor General's Awards for David et la maison de la sorcière,[9] at the 2008 Governor General's Awards for Sales crapauds[10] and at the 2012 Governor General's Awards for .[11]

Fischman has received three nominations for the Governor General's Award for French to English translation for her translations of Gravel's work at the 1990 Governor General's Awards for Benito,[12] the 1992 Governor General's Awards for Felicity's Fool (Bonheur fou)[13] and the 1996 Governor General's Awards for Ostende.[14]

Gravel won the French Mr. Christie's Book Award in 1991 for Zamboni,[15] and in 2001 for David et le fantôme in conjunction with illustrator Pierre Pratt.[16] Gravel and Pratt won the French TD Canadian Children's Literature Award in 2006 for David et le salon funéraire.[17]

His adult novel Adieu, Betty Crocker was a competing title in the 2014 edition of Le Combat des livres, where it was defended by actress Pauline Martin.[18]

WorksEdit

NovelsEdit

  • La Note de passage, 1985
  • Benito, 1987
  • Effet Summerhill, 1988
  • Bonheur fou, 1989
  • Les Black Stones vous reviendront dans quelques instants, 1991
  • Ostende, 1994
  • Miss Septembre, 1996
  • Vingt et un tableaux (et quelques craies), 1998
  • Fillion et frères, 2000
  • Je ne comprends pas tout, 2002
  • Adieu, Betty Crocker, 2003
  • Mélamine Blues, 2005
  • Vous êtes ici, 2007
  • Voyeurs, s'abstenir, 2009
  • À deux pas de chez elle: La première enquête de Chloé Perreault, 2011
  • Toute une vie sur les bancs d’école, 2016
  • Idées noires, 2017
  • La petite fille en haut de l’escalier, 2018
  • À vos ordres, colonel Parkinson!, 2019

Children's and young adult literatureEdit

Klonk seriesEdit

  1. Klonk, 1993
  2. Lance et Klonk, 1994
  3. Le Cercueil de Klonk, 1995
  4. Un amour de Klonk, 1995
  5. Le Cauchemar de Klonk, 1997
  6. Klonk et le Beatle mouillé, 1997
  7. Klonk et le Treize noir, 1999
  8. Klonk et la Queue du scorpion, 2000
  9. Coca-Klonk, 2001
  10. La Racine carrée de Klonk, 2002
  11. Le Testament de Klonk, 2003
  12. Klonk contre Klonk, 2004

David seriesEdit

  1. David et le Fantôme, 2000
  2. David et le Précipice, 2001
  3. David et les Monstres de la forêt, 2001
  4. David et la Maison de la sorcière, 2002
  5. David et l'Orage, 2003
  6. David et les Crabes noirs, 2004
  7. David et le Salon funéraire, 2005
  8. David et la Bête, 2007
  9. David et Léa, 2008

OtherEdit

  • Corneilles, 1989
  • Zamboni, 1990
  • Deux heures et demie avant Jasmine, 1991
  • Granulite, 1992
  • Guillaume, 1995
  • Le Match des étoiles, 1996
  • Kate, quelque part
  • L'Été de la moustache, 2000
  • La Piste sauvage, 2002
  • L'Araignée sauvage, 2004
  • Sekhmet, la déesse sauvage, 2005
  • Sacrilège, 2006
  • Les Horloges de M. Svonok, 2007
  • Sales Crapauds, 2007
  • Sauvage, 2010
  • Du soccer extrême !, 2010
  • Ça, c'est du baseball, 2010
  • Ok pour le hockey !, 2011
  • Il pleut des records, 2011
  • Silence, on zappe !, 2012
  • Schlick, 2012
  • , 2012
  • À nous deux, Barbe-Mauve !, 2012
  • Hollywood, nous voici, 2013

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "François Gravel: l’art de raconter la terrible maladie de Parkinson". Le Journal de Québec, March 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "L’auteur du mois : François Gravel". L'actualité, March 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "Élise et François Gravel: des projets d'écriture père-fille". La Presse, July 18, 2017.
  4. ^ Claudia Larochelle, "Élise Gravel, Michèle Marineau et François Gravel: Sainte tribu". Les libraires, April 21, 2015.
  5. ^ "Even rebellious kids grow up one day and become their parents". Waterloo Region Record, November 2, 1996.
  6. ^ Arlene Perly Rae, "Prize winners in sync with young emotions". Toronto Star, December 28, 1991.
  7. ^ "Familiar faces; Munro, Atwood among Governor-General's Literary Awards field". Montreal Gazette, October 27, 1994.
  8. ^ "'Writing and dreaming in different voices'". The Globe and Mail, October 25, 2000.
  9. ^ "Finalists for the 2002 Governor General's Literary Awards". Canadian Press, October 21, 2002.
  10. ^ "Governor General's Literary Awards Nominees". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, October 22, 2008.
  11. ^ "Les noms des finalistes des prix litteraires du gouverneur general sont révélés". Canadian Press, October 2, 2012.
  12. ^ "Alice Munro among finalists for Governor-General's Literary Awards". Montreal Gazette, November 16, 1990.
  13. ^ "Governor General's Awards: finalists in other categories". Edmonton Journal, October 6, 1992.
  14. ^ "6 writers nominated for fiction Governor-General's shortlist announced". The Globe and Mail, October 18, 1996.
  15. ^ "Authors awarded for kids books". Halifax Daily News, May 1, 1991.
  16. ^ "French authors to tour P.E.I.: Performing readings at French schools, libraries". Journal Pioneer, October 20, 2003.
  17. ^ "TD Canadian Children's Literature Award Announces David et le Salon funeraire the Winner of $20,000 - the Largest Literature Award in Canada". Canada NewsWire, October 17, 2006.
  18. ^ "Le combat des livres 2014 : les finalistes!". Les libraires, March 6, 2014.