Signatures Series: Interview with Jacques Godbout

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Jacques Godbout
Jacques Godbout

Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, in conversation with:

Jacques Godbout, writer, editor and filmmaker.
A privileged witness of the Quiet Revolution.

Thursday, March 10, 2016, from 12:15 p.m. to 13:15 p.m.
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON

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The discussion will take place in French with simultaneous English translation.

Hosted by Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, the Signatures Series features original interviews with individuals who provide insights into parts of the collection, either because they have donated archives to LAC or are experts about it.

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Jacques Godbout

The career of writer, filmmaker and editor Jacques Godbout spans no fewer than seven decades. His exceptional output includes critically acclaimed novels such as:  L’Aquarium (Prix France-Canada), Salut Galarneau! [Hail Galarneau!] (Governor General’s Award for Fiction), D’amour, P.Q. (Prix Georges-Dupau from the Académie française) and La concierge du Panthéon (Prix Maurice-Genevoix from the Académie française). Godbout has also made more than 30 films, several of which look at leading figures from Quebec such as Paul-Émile Borduas, Adélard Godbout and Anne Hébert. His written work also includes books of poetry, essays, children’s books, radio scripts and numerous articles for L’Actualité, Le Devoir and Radio-Canada. He is the founder and inaugural president of the Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois and currently chairs the board of Les Éditions du Boréal.

Scope and content of the archival holding

The Jacques Godbout fonds contains records covering the entire career of this writer, filmmaker, journalist and editor. It includes the manuscripts of almost all of his books. These take the form of notebooks, hand- and typewritten manuscripts and proofs. It also contains his scripts and other film-related records, as well as personal and professional correspondence, juvenilia, diaries, publicity material for readings and book launches, personal and professional memorabilia (including awards, photographs, diplomas and press reviews), contracts and other legal documents.

Extent of the fonds

16 metres of textual records
Approximately 950 photographs
125 sound recordings
20 audio-visual records
7 paintings

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