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Marie-Francine Hébert, a Contender for the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

BAnQ's Centre québécois de ressources en littérature pour la jeunesse nominated author Marie-Francine Hébert for the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. This year, a total of 197 candidates from 61 countries were nominated. The award recipient will be announced in Sweden on March 31, 2015.

During her more than 30 years as a novelist, playwright and screenwriter, this native of Montréal has forged a path on the children's literature scene in Québec. She is a fierce advocate of her art and her artistic method, the wealth of children’s fiction in the province, and the special relationship between writer and young reader. Her novels have been translated into 10 languages and are sold around the world.

In the 1970s, Hébert wrote for the Québec theatre, including the plays Cé tellement cute des enfants and Oui ou Non. She then turned her attention to television shows and wrote, among many other series, Iniminimagimo.

In the 1980s, she became committed to creating literature bearing the marker of identity for young people. Backed by publisher La courte échelle, she cowrote Abécédaire with Gilles Tibo (1979) and Le Voyage dans la vie with Darcia Labrosse (1984). The Méli-Mélo series (1988 -1999) and the teenage angst trilogy consisting of Le cœur en bataille, Je t'aime, je te hais, and Sauve qui peut l'amour (1990 - 1992) are considered classics of their kind.

Hébert has significantly contributed to children's literature by boldly tackling a number of sensitive topics such as in Venir au monde, in which the the basics of reproduction are explained to kids in clear, straightforward language, and in Nul poisson où aller in which she paints a grim portrait of war.

The author has a gift for speaking subtly and directly to young people about pain, violence, poverty and tenderness – themes she handles with great sensitivity in her novel Le ciel tombe à côté (Québec Amérique, 2003), a finalist for a Governor General’s award, and in Tu me prends en photo (Les 400 coups, 2012), a book she dedicated to "the children whom war has stripped of everything except their image, and to the photographers who bring these images to the outside world."

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