Donald Winkler was born in Winnipeg in 1940, graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1961, and as a Woodrow Wilson Scholar, did graduate study at the Yale School of Drama. From 1967 to 1995 he was a film director and writer at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal, and since the 1980s, a translator of Quebec literature: in 1994 he won the Governor General’s Award for French to English translation, and has been a finalist for the prize on two other occasions.
2007 saw the release of A Secret Between Us, Winkler’s translation of La Kermesse, a novel by Daniel Poliquin, published by Douglas and McIntyre. The book was a finalist for the 2007 Giller Prize. Terracide (Mal de terre), astrophysicist Hubert Reeves’ inquiry into the future of human life on earth, appeared in 2009 with Cormorant Books.
Two more translations were released this past fall: Are You Married to a Psychopath, Nadine Bismuth’s highly praised collection of short stories (McArthur & Company), and philosopher Georges Leroux’s wide-ranging meditation on Glenn Gould and the nature of genius: Partita for Glenn Gould (McGill-Queen’s Press). Both these books were finalists in their respective categories for the 2009 French language Governor General’s Awards.