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November 1 Dame Emma Albani.  (Marie-Louise-Cecile-Emma Lajeunesse). Born Chambly, Canada East (Quebec) 1847. Died April 3, 1930.  World famous soprano opera singer. She became the 1st Canadian born artist to distinguish herself in the international world of opera and concert singing.
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  Rita Letendre.  Born Drummondville, Quebec 1928.  Originally this painter and printmaker was interested in simple shapes but as she matured her work became more austere, with large geometric forms.  She is known for large interior and exterior murals.
November 2 k. d. Lang (Kathryn  Dawn) Born Consort, Alberta 1961. This country singer has real country roots.  She grew up in Consort, Alberta, which has a population of 700.  In 1981 she became a vegetarian. She has been very outspoken against cattlemen . Her natural joy of country music is evident in the songs she sings. This multiple Grammy winner is considered an innovator in her field, she performs from the heart and is an inspiration to all.
  Beverly Mahood.  Born Northern Ireland 1974.  She began performing in 1980, at the age of 6, when her family moved to the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Ontario. The child performer really took to the stage and has loved it ever since. Her song “Girl Out of the Ordinary” was #1 in Country Music by a Country Artist.
November 3 Monica Hughes. (née Irse). Born Liverpool, England 1925. Died March 7, 2003.  This author, between 1980 and 1984 won 7 major Canadian awards for literature! In her lifetime she would publish some 35 books for young people.  She is best known for her young adult science fiction, fantasy and contemporary novels. In 2002 she became a member of the Order of Canada.
  Madeline Alberta Fritz.  Born St John, New Brunswick 1896.  Died August 20, 1990. A paleontologist, she would rise to associate director of the Royal Ontario Museum of Paleontology.  For many years she was a geology professor at the University of Toronto. She was only the second woman in Canada to be elected to the Royal Society of Canada. Her scientific studies of the Toronto Area stand as definite works.
November 4 Daphne Katherine "Kate" Reid. Born London, England 1930.  Died March 27, 1993. This warm and vulnerable performer thrived while working live theatre. She also appeared in some 50 movies and did numerous television productions. She was nominated for Tony and Emmy Awards and holds many Canadian awards including an A C T R A.
  Jean Blewett. (née McKishnie)  Born Scotia, Lake Erie, Ontario 1872. Died August 19, 1934.  She contributed articles to the Toronto Globe newspaper before joining the staff at that newspaper where she became editor of the homemaker's department.  She published a novel, Out of the depths. Heart songs in 1890 and later published several volumes of poetry in 1897, 1906 and 1922.  She retired from journalism and writing in 1925. 
November 5 Anna Harriette Leonowens.  (née Crawford) Born Caernarvon, Wales 1834. Died January 19, 1915.  As a young widow she established a school in Singapore, then in Siam she was teacher at court.  She wrote 2 novels based on her experience and the 2nd novel would become the basis for the book “Anna and the King of Siam” which in turn became the base for the 1951 play “The King and I”. She moved to Halifax in 1976 and was the founding secretary of the Halifax Council of Women.  She eventually retired to Montreal.
  Susan Nattrass.  Born Medicine Hat, Alberta 1950. She was taught to shoot by her father when she was 17 and by 19 she defeated 1300 men at an international shoot in Nevada! In the 1976 Olympics in Montreal she was the only woman entered in the trap shooting event. In the 1990 Commonwealth Games she became the first woman to be entered in a shotgun event. She has set 4 world records and has been World Champion on 7 occasions. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
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November 6 Joyce Fairbairn. Born Lethbridge, Alberta 1939.  She studied for a B.A. in Alberta and took her degree in journalism from Carleton University in 1961.  After working as  a journalist in the Parliamentary Press Gallery she became Legislative Assistant to Prime Minister Trudeau for 14 years. She was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1984. She is very proud to have been inducted into the Kainai Chieftainship of the Blood Nation and given the name of Morning Bird Woman. In 1993 she was appointed to the Privy Council of Canada and was the first woman to be named Leader of the Government in the Senate and Minister with Special Responsibility for Literacy. 
November 7 Audrey McLaughlin.  née Brown. Born November 7, 1936 Dutton, Ontario. Audrey became the 1st woman in her family to earn a BA graduating from the University of Western Ontario. She earned her degree by correspondence from a mink farm that she and her husband ran north of London. The Couple have 2 children. She taught at a private college in Ghana, West Africa from 1964 through 1967 returning home to attend graduate studies in Social work at the University of Toronto. After graduating with her MA she worked for the Metropolitan Toronto Children’s Aid Society. She divorced in 1972 and remained in the work force and  by 1975 she was the executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Moving to Whitehorse in 1979 she worked as a business consultant and supervisor of social services. She ran and won a by election in 1987 and became the 1st New Democratic Party MP elected in the Yukon. She was the 1st woman chair of the Parliamentary caucus of any federal party in Canada in 1988. On December 2, 1989 she was chosen leader of the NDP, becoming the 1st woman in Canadian history to lead a federal political party. The 1993 federal election saw a reduction of support for the NDP and the following year she stepped down as party leader but remained in parliament to represent the people of the Yukon until 1997. In 1992 she published her autobiography, A woman’s Place. In 1996 she was elected president of Socialist International Women, an organization which promotes activities amongst various women's socialist and labour party organizations. Her efforts toward social justice saw her inducted into the Order of Canada in 2004. Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online (Accessed 2005); Audrey McLaughlin, Political Heros Online, (Accessed  2009)
  Joni Mitchell. (real name Roberta Joan Anderson).  Born Fort Macleod, Alberta 1943. A pop singer who is famous for her folk songs of the 1960’s. “The Circle Game” Both Sides Now” She switched to jazz and in 1969 her album “Clouds” won a Grammy Award.  She is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
November 8 Luba Goy. Born Germany. This petite (she is only 1.5 meters tall) comedienne emigrated from Europe and graduated from Montreal's National Theatre School. Although she began working at the Stratford Theatre it was through her work on television that she became known to her fans. She worked on such shows as Bizarre and did some of the voices in Care Bear features. She became a welcome addition to Air Farce where she is known for her impersonations of Sheila Copps, Pamela Wallin, Hanna Gartner, and Queen Elizabeth. She does not like to publish the year of her birth.
November 9 Marie Dressler. (real name Leila Marie Koeber) Born Cobourg, Ontario. November 9, 1869(?)  Died July 28, 1934) Marie made it to Broadway in 1892 and became a vaudeville star comedienne headliner shortly after 1900. She stared in films with such top actors as Charlie Chaplin . She easily made the move to ‘talkies’ .when many top silent film heroines did  not survive. More homely than beautiful she was also an over-weight woman. This was an unlikely star material. However, she was talented and she won the Academy Award in 1930. She became the first woman to ever appear on the cover of Time magazine. For information try: http://mdle.com/ClassicFilms/FeaturedStar/dresslra.htm There is some dispute as to her true birth date with various sources using 1868, 1869 and her grave using 1871.
  Pierrette Alaire.  Born Montreal, Quebec  1921. A famous soprano singer born in Montreal she was Winner of the Prix de Musique Calixa-Lavallée among many awards. Sang at the Metropolitan Opera and help found the Victoria Opera Company.
  Ramona Milano.  Born Nobelton, Ontario 1969. Before entering the Drama program at Humber College she worked on stage at Canada’s Wonderland theme park located just outside of Toronto.   She has appeared mainly on Television.  Maybe you know her as Francesca on the TV series Due South
November 10 Mary Electa Adams.  Born 1823.  She was an educator, administrator and a poet. She occupied several positions in various schools. As preceptress at Wesleyan Academy in Mount Allison, Sackville, New Brunswick she held the highest office in a school open to a woman. She would also serve as Ladies Principal of the Ontario Ladies College in Whitby Ontario.  She was an effective and determined advocate of academic education for women.
  Maude Eburne.  Born Bronte-on-the-Lake, Ontario 1875. Died October 15, 1960. She began her acting career on stage and by 1914 she had made her Broadway debut.  She switched to a  movie career in 1930 appearing in  the move ”The Bat Whispers”.  She would in her career of the next 21 years appear in 92 movies. She retired from acting in 1951.
  Constance Bersford-Howe. Born 1922. A novelist she produced seven novels. "The Book of Eve" was adapted to a stage plan and was produced at the Stratford Festival in 1977.
  Vera Frenkel.  Born 1938.  She is recognized internationally for her artistic prints and sculptures.  Since 1974 she has experimented with video as an artistic medium writing and producing notable works. She is an innovative teacher and has published her poetry illustrated with her own artwork.
November 11 Violet Clara McNaughton (née Jackson). Born 1879. Died February 3, 1968.  She forced the formation of the women’s section of the Saskatchewan Grain Growers Association and sparked the formation of the Saskatchewan Equal Franchise League. In 1919 she became president of the Interprovincial Council of Farm Women.  As a journalist she wrote the women’s column in the “Western Producer”.
  Alice M. Gerard.  Born 1907.  A public health nurse she would develop into a leading nursing educator. Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the Université de Montréal she was the 1st Canadian woman dean at a French language university. She served as president of the Canadian Nurses Association and was the 1st Canadian president of the international Council of Nurses.
  Kathleen Shannon. Born 1935. She joined the National Film Board in 1956 as an editor and by 1962 had 115 films to her credit. She became a film editor and executive producer for the National Film Board of Canada using film to examine the role of women in society.
November 12 Agnes Nanogak. (married name Agnes Nanogak Goose)  Born Baillie Island, Northwest Territories,1925.  Died May 5, 2001. This Inuit artist is known for her energetic and colourful representations of native myths and legends.  She was the first Inuit to receive an honorary degree from a university in Canada. You can see her work in the book she illustrated Tales From the Igloo, a book of Inuit stories.
  Barbara Jean McDougall.  (née Leamen) Born Toronto, Ontario 1937.  After graduating from the University of Toronto she became an investment manager.  She expanded her career to include being a business journalist in print and television.  In 1984 her interest in politics led to her being elected to the Federal Parliament.  She served as Minister of State for Finance and Minister of State for Privatization, a portfolio which was expanded to include women's issues and regulatory affairs.  In 1988 she was appointed Minister of Employment and Immigration and in 1991 she moved to Secretary of State for External Affairs.  In 1993 she returned to private business. 
November 13 Tracy Elizabeth Dahl.  Born Winnipeg, Manitoba 1961. She enjoyed music as a child and studied music and theatre at the Banff School of Fine Art and after making her opera debut in 1982 transferred to the schools opera program. She launched her career at the San Francisco Opera, made her European debut in 1987and appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in 1991. She has made several recordings.
  Linda Jackson. Born 1958. This Nepean (Ottawa), Ontario resident has been a member of the Canadian Cycling Team since 1993.  In 1997 she was named the Canadian Female Road Cyclist of the year and Velo News named her the North American Female Cyclist of the Year. In 1998 she placed the in the top ten finalists in all events she entered, including three first places. 
November 14 Monique Mercure.  Born Montreal, Quebec 1930. This actress who now heads up the national Theatre School has acted the classics but also retained an active interest in new works of our writers and directors.  She has won the Palm d’Or for best actress at the world famous Cannes film festival. In 1992 she won a Genie for best supporting actress in “Naked Lunch”.  She is an Officer in the Order of Canada.
  Silken Laumann. Born 1964. At the age of 19 she had won a bonze medal in the double rowing event at the Los Angeles Olympics. She would be in the hearts of  many Canadians,  when she suffered a severe leg injury in a rowing accident while practicing for the 1992 Olympics.  With little time remaining until her event, she trained with a special brace on her leg and, with the perseverance of a real winner,  she went on to win the bronze medal in singles rowing in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics! She was Canada's Female athlete of the year in 1991 and 1992 and she was also declared Canada's Outstanding Athlete in 1991. She retired shortly after winning a silver medal in the 1996 Olympics.  She works as a promotional speaker to help people overcome obstacles in their lives. She is also a devoted mother. 
November 15 May Agnes Fleming. (née Early). Born Saint John, New Brunswick 1840. Died March 24, 1880.  Her early stories were published in New York and Boston while she was still in school! She enjoyed writing romance and mystery novels but as was the fashion of the time her novels would appear as serials (chapter by chapter in newspapers) before being published as full books.  Her serials were published in New York and London, England!
  Helen Mersi Kelesi. Born Victoria, British Columbia 1969. This tennis player had a form that was so flamboyant on the courts that she was known as "Hurricane Helen". She was chosen as Canada's Female Athlete of the Year in 1990.  She began to suffer from headaches and blackouts and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She survived several operations and returned to her sport as a coach with Tennis Canada.  She is also a "Colour News Commentator" for many major tennis events. She is also a motivational speaker for the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada.
November 16 Rachel Browne. Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 1934. Although trained in classical ballet, Rachel became one of the most important figures in Canadian modern dance. She created Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers.
  Diana Krall . Born 1964 Nanaimo, British Columbia. One of the world's greatest jazz performers she began to study piano when she was 4 years old. Performing in a local restaurant at 15, she was soon studying on scholarship in Boston, U.S.A. She continued her studies/career in LA playing with the great jazz performers of the era. Back in Toronto she released her first album in 1993. Her albums released in 1998 and 1999 won Grammy Awards. Her albums have turned double platinum in Canada, platinum in Portugal, New Zealand, and Poland and turned gold in France, Singapore and England. She has won several of Canada's Juno Awards for her music and in 200 she received the Order of British Columbia. In the spring of 2004 she received her own star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto.
November 17 Maria Jelinek. Born 1942.  In 1950 the brother and sister pair of Otto and Maria Jelinek decided to figure skate seriously. In 1962 they won the World’s Pairs figure skating title. In 1955   they won the Canadian Pairs title and came second at the senior level in 1956-57-58 and 1960. In 1961 and 62 they were Canadian Champions and were silver medalists at the worlds.
  Petra Burka. Born Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1946.  At the age of 15 she became the 1st Canadian to complete the triple salchow jump in competition. .1965 she won the Canadian, North American and world championships and was the Canadian athlete of the year.
November 18 Margaret Eleanor Atwood  Born Ottawa, Ontario 1939. "Peggy" is a poet, novelist, editor and critic is one of Canada's major contemporary authors. She has written novels, television scripts, short stories, children's books many of which have won awards locally, nationally and internationally. Her works have won the Governor General's Award for Literature, the Giller Prize, the Los Angeles Times Prize just to name a few! She has also edited such monumental tomes as the Oxford Book of Canadian Poetry. She has an active interest in Amnesty International. Recognition of her career have been way to numerous to list in one paragraph. The variety of awards runs from MS Magazine Woman of the Year 1986 to being a Companion in the Order of Canada. Check out the online edition for the Canadian Encyclopedia for complete listings of her works and her awards.
  Dorothy Collins.  (née Marjorie Chandler) Born Windsor, Ontario 1926. Died July 21, 1994. This singer had the nick name of "Lucky Strike Girl" after the cigarette sponsor of a TV show on which she sang. She appeared on the Canadian television show Your Hit Parade (1950-1957). She also had her own record label in the 1950's.She worked on setting up gags on the show Candid Camera. In 1971 she appeared in a Broadway musical and continued her singing by presenting jazz in nightclubs. 
November 19 Elizabeth Anne Cleaver (née Mrazik). Born Montreal, Quebec 1939. Died 1985. An illustrator and author, Elizabeth was most concerned with myths and legends. She obtained several awards for her works including the Frances Howard-Gibbon Award in 1978 and the International Board on Books for Young People's Hans Christian Andersen award in 1882. Maybe you have seen her work “The Loon’s Necklace” or the “The Enchanted Caribou” which is an Inuit legend illustrated with shadow puppets?
November 20 Maryon Kantaroff. Born 1933. This sculptor has had showings of her works in Toronto, Los Angeles, Milan (Italy) and Japan. One of her sculptures was chosen to be installed in the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. She opened and maintained her own foundry for 14 years. Her works have been recognized with awards from the Sculptor's Society of Canada and she was the YMCA Woman of Distinction in 1992. A supporter of the feminist movement she has contributed articles on art and feminists. She is a founding member of the Toronto New Feminists and is a passionate speaker on this subject as well as the subject of art history. While she may be best known for her rather large cast art works she also had created some limited edition jewelry.
  Conni Louise Massing. Born 1958. This writer has many screenwriting credits with the National Film Board of Canada and CBC TV. She has written for the TV program "North of 60" and has some 20 produced stage works to her credit. In 1994-5 she was the playwright in residence at the National Theatre School of Canada.
November 21 Lucy Christie Harris.  (née Irwin)  Born Newark, New Jersey U.S.A. 1907. Died 2002. This author soon found her true talent in writing children's' books. Often her stories are told in a Native setting, teaching the need and respect for balance of nature.  She has been awarded the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians book of the year award for "Raven's Cry" in 1966 and "Mouse Woman and the Vanished Princesses"  in 1976.  The "Trouble with Princesses" in 1980 won the Canada Council's Children's Literature Prize. In 2002 she was awarded the Mr. Christie's Book Award. There is even a Canadian juvenile literature book award named after her called the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Book Prize. She is a Member of the Order of Canada. 
November 22 Irene Margaret  MacDonald. Born 1933. Brought up in an orphanage in Hamilton, Ontario she reigned as Canada’s champion diver from 1951-1961. She won medals at the 1954 and 1958 Commonwealth Games and in 1956 she won Canada’s first Olympic diving medal, a bronze. She became a dedicated administrative supporter to the Canadian Diving fraternity.  She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame , 1981, received the Order of British Columbia in 1991, was Female Athlete of the Year 1958, and won the YWCA Woman of Distinction for sport in 1998. The Irene MacDonald Fund was established for the support of children in diving.
November 23 Patricia Kathleen Page Irwin Born November 23, 1916 Swanage, Dorset, England. Died January 14, 2010, Victoria, British Columbia.   Her family moved to Red Deer, Alberta in 1919. After graduating from high school P.K. went to England for a year. She returned to live in Saint John, New Brunswick. She worked as a shop assistant and several other jobs. In 1941 she relocated to Montreal, Quebec. During World War ll she became associated a group of Montreal poets. He own poems were published in various Canadian magazines and journals. In 1944 some of her writings were included in an anthology, Unit of Five edited by Ronald Hambleton. That same year, using the pen name Judith Cape she published a novel The Sun and The Moon. In 1950 she married William Arthur Irwin a Canadian diplomat. In 1954 her work, The Metal and The Flower garnered the Governor General’s Award for poetry. She lived with her ambassador husband in Australia, Brazil and Mexico where she learned to paint. She would have in her lifetime several one man shows of her art. Some of her paintings are held in Canada’s National Gallery. Her painting are signed P.K. Irwin.   In 1977 she was inducted into the Order of Canada and in 1998 she was promoted to the level of Companion of the Order of Canada. In 2003 she was inducted into the Order of British Columbia. In 2004 she was awarded the 1st of the British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and that same year she was presented with the Terasen Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006 she was named a Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada. Coal and Roses, her las collection of poetry was published after her death. The P.K. Page Founders’ Award for Poetry is presented annually in her honor.
November 24 Florence Wyle.  Born 1881. Died 1968.  A sculptor who preferred to work in her studio, which was once a church. She was a founding member of the Sculptor's Society of Canada in 1928. She was the first woman sculptor to become a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.  She had a love of nature that was reflected in her published poems. 
November 25 Holly Cole. Born Halifax, Nova Scotia 1963. A jazz singer who has produced several music albums that have made her one of the best-selling jazz artists ever to emerge from Canada. She is also very well liked in Japan.
  Jillian Hennessy.  Born Edmonton, Alberta 1969.  An actress of several movies, such as "Robocop" and TV presence on in  dramatic roles in "Law & Order" and "Crossing Jordan". Did you know that she has a twin sister by the name of Jacqueline?
November 26 Emma Robinson. Born 1971. This athlete is a member of the Canadian Olympic Rowing team. In the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, she won a silver medal. She had worked her way to the Olympics with participation and recognition in international regattas, U.S. Championships, World University Games and World Championships. While participating in her beloved sport she also was a Canada Scholar 1990-1994 and the winner of the Petro Canada Olympic Torch Scholarship 1995. She won a bronze medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She pulls her weight with her medical studies and her sport!
November 27 Sheila Maureen Copps.  Born November 27, 1952 Hamilton, Ontario. Sheila followed her father Victor Copps, a longtime Mayor of Hamilton, by choosing the profession of politics. Graduating from the University of Western Ontario in London with a degree in French and English she has been a consistent supporter of bilingualism in Canada. She studied for advanced degrees at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and the University of Rouen in France. Her 1st jobs were as a newspaper journalist in Hamilton and Ottawa. In 1981 she was elected to the Ontario Provincial legislature and in 1984 she successfully ran as a member of Parliament (Liberal) for the federal Government. She penned her autobiography entitled Nobody’s Baby in 1986. She was the 1st sitting member of Canadian Parliament to give birth in 1987 and made headlines by bringing her baby to work with her.  On November 4, 1993 she became the  1st woman Deputy Prime Minister. In 1996 she changed cabinet positions to Canadian Heritage. She had promised during the election to resign if the Liberals failed to eliminate the controversial Goods and Service Tax (GST) and kept her word resigning in May 1996 when Prime Minister Paul Martin said the tax would remain. She was re-elected on June 17, 1997 and was once again Minister of Canadian Heritage and Deputy Prime Minister. She was defeated in the March 6, 2004 election and on May14, 2004 she retired from elected politics in conflict with leader Paul Martin. After leaving politics her public appearances were on stage in Kingston Ontario in a dinner theatre production of the play,  Steel Magnolias. In October 2004 she published her second autobiography Worth Fighting For which caused more controversy with Liberal Leader Paul Martin. She returned to her 1st career writing columns for the National Post and the Toronto Sun which she ceased in December 2007. Sheila also became a broadcaster with a radio talk show and later on a series for History Television. On March 23 2006 a gala tribute to her was held by the Liberals to help heal the controversial wounds. After losing her run for the president of the Liberal Party of Canada in 2012 Sheila announced her full retirement from politics. She was appointed to the Order of Canada on December 30, 2012. Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online (accessed 2005); Order of Canada. (Accessed 2013)
  Nicole Brossard. (married name Soubliére)  Born Montreal, Quebec 1943.  In 1965 she published her first book , La Barre du jour. She concentrated on organizing the jazz and poetry reading for the Youth Pavilion at Expo '67. She obtained her Masters degree in 1972 and became a mother in 1975. Motherhood did not slow her down in 1975 she won the Governor General's Award for poetry. She would win again in 1984. After founding the feminist editorial collective Les Tetes de Pioche and touring Europe she founded her own publishing house.  
November 28 Eleanor Ann Saddlemyer. Born Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 1932. This educator and author is a professor at Massey College, Graduate Centre for Study of Drama and Victoria College at the University of Toronto. Among the many distinguished recognitions she was presented with were the 1994 YWCA Toronto Woman of the Year Award and the Order of Canada. Her more than one dozen published books have been related to drama and English literature. She is also an accomplished editor and member of several editorial boards such as Theatre History in Canada/ Histoire du Théatre au Canada.
  Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova. Born Prague, Czechoslovakia November 28, 1909. Died July 1990. She studied journalism and political sciences in Europe and earned her PhD. It was however her first hand view of the horrors of life in war torn Europe that would affect the rest of her life. She emigrated to Canada and was founder and a tireless worker of the USC (Unitarian Service Commission). International she was recognized for her works with humanitarian awards from France, Korea, Greece, India and her adopted Canadian homeland with the Order of Canada. People who are presented with awards often wear a small coloured ribbon signifying their award. Dr Hitschmanova had five rows of ribbons to wear!!!!
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November 29 Marie Laberge.  Born Quebec City, Quebec 1950. An actress, playwright, director and novelist are the career adventures that she has embarked on in her life so far.  She received the Governor General's Award for drama in 1981.  Many of her works have done well  translated into English and her work has often been popular in France.  Her themes emphasize feminist principles. 
November 30 Lucy Maud Montgomery. (married name Macdonald.)  Born Clifton, Prince Edward Island 1874. Died April 24, 1942 It is no surprise to know that she was born in Prince Edward Island.  She would use the stories and lessons of growing up in her world famous novels about a young orphan named Anne. Later there was also Emily and Jane, new characters to share with the world. Have you ever read "Anne of Green Gables?In which of the 14 languages the book is translated did you read the book?
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