Photo credit : Justine Latour
Photo credit : Justine Latour

Perrine Leblanc was born in Montreal and lives in Gaspésie. She is of French and Irish descent. She holds degrees in literature from Université Laval (Québec) and Université de Montréal. She worked as a proofreader and editor, notably for Leméac and VLB éditeur, before publishing her first novel, L'homme blanc in 2010 (Governor General's Literary Award for french fiction, Grand prix du livre de Montréal, winner of the Combat national des livres de Radio-Canada). The following year, L'homme blanc was published in the Collection Blanche by Gallimard, under the title Kolia (longlisted for the french Elle magazine’s Grand prix in 2011-2012). The book is among the twenty best Quebec novels published between 2000 and 2020 according to the magazine L'inconvénient.

 

After Malabourg (2014, finalist for the Prix Françoise-Sagan in France), Gens du Nord, which is partly set in Ireland during the Troubles, was published by Gallimard in 2022. This third novel, whose release is considered the most anticipated literary event of the season in Quebec, receives an enthusiastic reception from literary critics and readers.

 

House of Anansi press published Kolia in 2013 (English translation of L'homme blanc) and The Lake in 2015 (English translation of Malabourg by Lazer Lederhendler, a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award in the Translations category).

 

From the Soviet camps to Ireland, via the Gaspé Peninsula, Montreal, Paris and New York, Perrine Leblanc develops, in a clean and powerful style that is attentive to the subject, a body of work tightly woven, rigorous and open to the world.