Gabrielle Roy at 20, 1929
Gabrielle Roy fonds, Library and Archives Canada
Born on March 22 in St Boniface, Manitoba to
a large, French-Canadian family.
The family is impoverished by her father's
Embarks on a career as a teacher.
Goes to Europe and begins to write.
Returns to Canada and works as a journalist
At 36, publishes Bonheur d'occasion (translated as The Tin Flute in 1947).
Marries Marcel Carbotte and moves to Paris.
Returns to Quebec City and over the next three
decades produces many major works.
Dies on July 13 in Quebec City.
House where Gabrielle Roy was born, 375 Deschambault Street, St. Boniface, Manitoba
Courtesy of Société historique de Saint-Boniface SHSB 2679
Gabrielle Roy at 70, 1979
Photo: Yousuf Karsh
Library and Archives Canada
Gabrielle Roy and young boys at the train crossing on Saint-Ambroise Street, in Saint-Henri, Montreal, 1945
Conrad Poirier fonds, Bibliothèques et Archives nationales du Québec, Centre de Montréal P48, S1, P11917
Roy's first writing space, in the attic
of her home at 375 Deschambault Street, St. Boniface, Manitoba. Photo: Michel V. Cheff Canadian Museum of Civilization Archives
Gabrielle Roy, in Cardinal, Manitoba, circa 1929
Courtesy of Société historique de Saint-Boniface
Date Created: June 29, 2007 | Last Updated: April 19, 2010