Orca Book Publishers

Diane Carmel Léger

Diane Carmel Léger grew up in the Acadian village of Memramcook, New Brunswick.

For 20 years, she lived in Victoria, British Columbia where she taught French Immersion and wrote books in both languages. Upon her arrival on the West Coast, Diane had the incredible luck of living in Emily Carr's House of All Sorts for a year and amazingly, once again for her last year in Victoria. Diane has left the West but a little part of herself stayed behind in the virgin rainforests of Vancouver Island where her family was very involved in saving some of the world's tallest trees. Both experiences inspired her picture books selected for CCBC Our Choice Award.

Diane has come full circle and is now living near her native village, which was called La butte à Pétard before the deportation of 1755. This is also the name of her first book, an award-winning novel which depicted the resistance of her Acadian ancestors who escaped expulsion. The sequels Retour à la butte à Pétard and Echos de la butte à Pétard take place in New Brunswick and Louisiana.

A polished presenter in both languages and a Canada Council Reader, she has toured schools in Canada and the United States since 1991. For more information, visit www.dianecarmelleger.com