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Herménégilde Chiasson’s debut poetry collection – one of the core texts of Acadian literature – is finally appearing in English translation

It was activist involvement that gave birth to Chiasson’s first book of poetry, the 1974 collection Mourir à Scoudouc. Published by Éditions d’Acadie, the book helped establish Acadian writing as a vibrant and viable form and went on to sell an astonishing 4,000 copies. 

From military brat to acclaimed poet, Dani Couture has never lost her sense of curiosity

When Dani Couture was 10 years old, she wrote a fan letter to the novelist Sidney Sheldon. Couture, a self–described “military brat,” was the child of parents in the Canadian Forces; she used to buy paperbacks at yard sales and flea markets on and off whatever base they were seconded to.