Author, Screenwriter and Journalist
Georges-Hébert Germain is one of Quebecs most prominent writers. Equally at ease in the worlds of literature, journalism and film, Georges-Hébert's 30-year career has been startlingly prolific.
Born in the rural Portneuf region, near Quebec City, Georges-Hébert studied arts, and later geography at University of Montreal.
He launched his career in the early 1970s as a reporter and columnist for both English and French-language publications, with articles appearing in the Montreal newspaper La Presse; the monthly magazine Pan-Canadian; Canadian Geographic and Chatelaine magazine.
In addition to his magazine work, Georges-Hébert began writing scripts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio-Québec (Quebecs publicly-owned television broadcaster) and the National Film Board of Canada.
During the 1980s, his focus shifted to writing books in particular to biography. He has chronicled the lives of Nobel-Prize-winning author Saul Bellow, Montreal Canadiens' hockey star Guy Lafleur, and world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. His latest biography, published in 1997, recounts the career of one of the worlds most popular singers Céline Dion.
Winner of 17 Canadian Magazine Foundation awards since 1979, Georges-Hébert has written anthropological and geographic articles on places ranging from Japan to New York to the North. His reporting on Greenland and the Yukon won him the President's Medal of the University of Western Ontario.
His love of the North also shines through in his 1995 book Inuit: Glimpses of an Arctic Past published by the Canadian Museum of Civilization. This work has since been awarded the Montréal - Genève Prize.