Jacques Poulin was born in 1937 in Saint Gdon, Qubec. He received his Arts degree from the Universit Laval where he focused on literature and psychology. He worked for several years as a commercial translator and later as a college guidance counsellor. It was only after the success of his second novel, Jimmy, that he was able to devote himself competely to his writing. Poulin's novels, Les Grandes Mares, Volkswagen Blues and Le Vieux Chagrin achieved great commercial and critical success in Qubec, winning Poulin the Governor General's Award for Les Grandes Mares and the Prix France-Amrique for Le Vieux Chagrin. His eighth and most recent novel, La Tourne d'Automne was published in 1993 to excellent reviews. Poulin has written a total of eight novels, all of which except for two have been translated into English.