Quill and Quire


« Back to

Mavis Gallant dies in Paris at 91

(photo: Alison Harris)

Internationally renowned Canadian short-story author Mavis Gallant has died at 91, reports The Globe and Mail.

Born in Montreal in 1922, Gallant started her career as a reporter with the Montreal Standard, but left journalism in 1950 to focus on fiction writing. Her first short story in The New Yorker appeared in 1951, and she went on to publish more than 100 stories with the literary magazine, a record for any female contributor.

Gallant moved to Paris in her late twenties where she continued writing short fiction and essays published in Canada with McClelland & Stewart and MacMillan. She was awarded the 1981 Governor General’s Literary Award for her collection, Home Truths: Selected Canadian Stories, and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1993.

In June 2012, M&S announced plans to publish a multi-volume collection of Gallant’s private journals, to be edited by U.S. literary agent Steven Barclay and Frances Kiernan, a biographer and former editor at The New Yorker. An official release date for the journals has not been announced.

Gallant’s funeral will take place in the Montparnasse area of Paris on Feb. 22.