Know your Black Canadian authors

Many Black Canadian authors have made their mark on literature, winning prestigious literary awards both nationally and internationally. To learn more about some of these authors, try our quiz!

1. In 2013, this award-winning author became the first Canadian elected to France's prestigious Académie française.
2. This award-winning author was once Toronto's poet laureate.
3. This author is internationally famous for the story of Aminata Diallo, a slave who struggled to reach freedom in Canada.
4. In 2008, this fantasy writer was nominated for the prestigious Nebula Award for Best Novel.
5. From 2004 to 2010, this prolific author was president of the Quebec writers' union (Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois).
6. This poet and author writes about Black communities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, which he calls "Africadia."
7. This author won four awards for her novel Half Blood Blues, about a jazz musician in Europe during World War II.
8. This historian's book about Angélique, a slave in eighteenth-century Montréal, became a national bestseller.
9. This author won two awards for his novel about an elderly woman in the West Indies who confesses to murdering the owner of a sugar cane plantation.
10. In 2009, this author's novel Les pieds sales was nominated for France's Prix Goncourt.