Louise Maheux-Forcier

Louise Maheux-Forcier (June 9, 1929 – February 5, 2015) was a Quebec author.[1][2]

Louise Maheux-Forcier
BornJune 9, 1929
Montreal, Quebec
DiedFebruary 5, 2015
OccupationNovelist, radio and television drama writer
Notable worksAmadou, Une Forêt pour Zoé

She was born in Montreal and was educated at the École supérieure Sainte-Croix and then went on to study music at the Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique du Québec. From 1952 to 1954, she studied piano with Yves Nat in Paris. Beginning in 1959, however, she decided to concentrate on writing. Her first novel Amadou, published in 1963, explored the then-taboo subject of lesbianism.[3] The novel was awarded the Prix du Cercle du livre de France.[1]

Other novels followed:

She produced a collection of short stories, En toutes lettres (1980),[1] She wrote a number of dramas that were broadcast on the radio and on television by Radio Canada.[4] Her teleplay Ariosa was rejected by Radio-Canada in 1973 because of its lesbian themes, but was eventually produced and aired by the network in 1982.[5]

In 1974, she was named writer in residence at the University of Ottawa.[6] She was admitted to the Académie des lettres du Québec in 1982. In 1985, she was named to the Royal Society of Canada. In 1986, she was admitted to the Order of Canada.[6]


  • in German, transl. Yvonne Petter-Zimmer: Verschwiegenheit, in: Frauen in Kanada. Erzählungen und Gedichte. dtv, Munich 1993 (La discretion, in: En toutes lettres. Editions Pierre Tiseyre, 1980)


  1. "Louise Maheux-Forcier profile at". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. "Décès de l'auteure Louise Maheux-Forcier". Le Devoir (in French). Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  3. W. H. New, Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. University of Toronto Press, 2002; ISBN 0802007619. Chapter "Gay and Lesbian Writing", pp. 418-422.
  4. "Maheux-Forcier, Louise" (in French). l'Infocentre littéraire des écrivains.
  5. W. H. New, Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. University of Toronto Press, 2002; ISBN 0802007619. Entry "Maheux-Forcier, Louise", p. 699.
  6. "Louise Maheux-Forcier" (in French). Académie des lettres du Québec.
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