Born in Québec city.
Bachelor degree in literature at College Sainte-Marie.
Journalist at Perspectives, literary critic at CBC.
Publishes Sweet Poison of which Réginald Martel from the newspaper La Presse writes:Pierre Turgeon makes a remarkable entry in our literature. Few authors from here would not envy his extraordinary art of writing.
Launches the literary review l’Illettré, with the participation of Victor-Lévy Beaulieu, Jean-Marie Poupart, Jean-Claude Germain et Michel Beaulieu.
Wins the first prize for Theatre plays awarded by the CBC, written in collaboration with Jacques Godbout.
President and founder of Quinze, a book publishing company.
Writes the scenario of La Gammick, directed by Jacques Godbout and produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
Writes a scenario on the October Crisis of 1970, directed by Marc Blandford, and produced by the CBC.
Writes the scenario of La Fleur aux dents, directed by Thomas Vamos, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, an inspired by a novel of Gilles Archambault.
Deputy director of the Presses of the University of Montreal(PUM).
General manager and publisher of the publishing group Sogidès (l’Homme, le Jour, Les Quinze, etc.).
Receives the Governor General Award (Canadian Pulitzer) for his novel La Première personne.
La Première personne, is translated by David Lobdell under the title of The First Person,and published by Oberon Press.
Faire sa mort comme faire l’amour and Prochainement sur cet écran translated respectively as Sweet Poison and Coming soon par David Lobdell, published at Oberon Press.
Reporter and literary critic at l’Actualité.
Editor in chief of the magazine Liberté.
Works full time at writing novels and scenarios.
Screenwriter and on-screen reporter for Sur le dos de la Grande Baleine, a documentary of the NFB of Canada, directed by Diane Beaudry, on the future of hydroelectricity in Québec.
Reçoit, pour la seconde fois, le prix du Gouverneur Général pour La Radissonie.
Writes the commentary for a film Frédéric Back, Le Fleuve aux Grandes Eaux, which wins the Grand Prix of the Festival international du film d’animation d’Annecy.
Writes and publishes the novel Torrent’s hope
Writes P.H. le magnifique : l’éminence grise de Duplessis.
Fights in court for the publication of a biography of a powerful financial backer of Maurice Duplessis, former prime minister of Québec.Gains support from more than thirty cultural, social and trade union organizations, including the UNEQ, the Writers Union of Canada, the Association of Professors of history, the Federation of Journalists, the CSN and the FTQ. L’Affaire Turgeon as it is called, looks set to be decided in the Supreme Court of Canada where its outcome could affect the freedom of expression and the rights of historians to tell the story.
Publishes Day of Fire at Flammarion.
Creates Trait d’union books.
Publishes Canada: a people’s history , volume 1 and 2, from the origins to today, at éditions Fidès, in Montréal, et at McClelland and Steward in Toronto (in collaboration with Don Gillmor). This books receives the mention fo the best book on the history of Canada from Heritage Canada( Canadian ministry of culture).
Writes the scenario with Jacques Cossette-Trudel for the fourth episode of the television series La Révolution tranquille.
Obtains, in June 2002, the abrogation of the clause of the heirs, in article 35, of the Civil Code of Québec.
Contributes to the creation de www.tonality.ca, a cultural site for music, literature and cinema.
Receives the Ex libris prize, given by the Association of Canadian booksellers, for his History of Canada book.
Creates the Itheque site, which offers to users of public libraries access to a rich online library.
Creates Transit et Cogito publishing.
Devotes himself entirely to writing and works on a remake of La Gammick.
Works on the last volume of his trilogy whose first two volumes were Les Torrents de l’Espoir and Jour de Feu.