Born in Quebec City, October 9, 1947 – Novelist and essayist Pierre Turgeon earned a BA at Collège Sainte-Marie in 1967. In 1969, at twenty-two years old, he was already a journalist at Perspectives and a literary critic at Radio-Canada. Pierre Turgeon founded l’Illettré with Victor-Lévy Beaulieu, Jean-Marie Poupart, Jean-Claude Germain and Michel Beaulieu. He published his first novel, Sweet Poison, in 1970. Many others would follow this coming of age book, for a total of 22 titles, fictions, essays, and theatre plays, scenarios and historical narrative. He won twice the Governor General Award (the Canadian Pulitzer). In 1975, he founded the book company Quinze which he presided until 1978. He published the first ten issues of the theatre magazine Jeu and many authors, including Marie-Claire Blais, Gerard Bessette, Jacques Godbout, Yves Thériault, Jacques Hébert and Pan Bouyoucas. In 1978, he became Assistant Director of the Press of the university of Montreal (PUM). Then from 1979 to 1982, he was CEO and publisher of the largest French publishing group in Canada : Sogides (l’Homme, le Jour, les Quinze,etc.). He created the Robert-Cliche literary price for a first novel, awarded for the first time in 1979 to Gaëtan Brulotte, in 1980 to Madeleine Monette, to Robert Lalonde in 1981 and in 1982 to Chrystine Brouillet. He also published software from 1980 to 1985, among others one of first French Text Editor (Ultratexte) and Spelling Program (Hugo). From 1987 to 1998, he was publisher of Liberté, a literary magazine which released issues on the October Crisis and on may historical and political subjects. In 1999, he created Trait d’union books which devoted itself to poetry, essays and biographies of celebrities: on René Angelil, manager of Céline Dion; on Karla Homolka, the notorious serial killer and the on controversial tycoons Robert Malenfant and Conrad Black. The editor has published close to a thousand authors such as René Lévesque, Pierre Godin, Micheline Lachance, Stanley Péan; and many others translated from the English like Margaret Atwood, Peter Newman, Pierre Berton. During all theses years when he devoted himself to the books of others, he showed a sense of challenge and humanity, being sensitive to the evolution of writing and discovering new voices of Quebec literature. He is also the only Canadian publisher to see one of his books, Unmasked, a biography of Michael Jackson by Ian Halperin, reaching the number one spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. Pierre Turgeon the writer continued to be prolific and in 2012, he retired from his publishing venture, Transit, and decided to dedicate most of his energies to his own work. He is presently finishing two new novels and working on the remake of La Gammick, a movie thriller he wrote in 1976, about organized crime in Montreal.

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