Governor General's Literary Awards

Venir au monde

Venir au monde

By Anne-Marie Olivier

Atelier 10; distributed by Flammarion/Socadis



Venir au monde allows us to live through a birth, many births in fact. It recounts a brutal shock, an unexpected moment. It explores how this spectacular, animal, violent, messy arrival can actually turn out to be cathartic. Venir au monde is like a burst of childbirths pouring out from hundreds of true stories. It’s a story that makes you want to live stronger, more consciously, with more energy and courage. A breath of fresh air that celebrates all life.

"Venir au monde—a striking depiction of everyday life tinged with the fantastic within an impressively efficient structure—paints a subtle and intelligent portrait of society. Its poetically laced and regionally anchored language lauds the courage of women in a way that moves and compels us. We were deeply touched by the strong and endearing characters, as well as their stories bursting with truth."

Peer assessment committee: Nathalie Boisvert, Herménégilde Chiasson, Dave Jenniss

Anne Marie Olivier
Photo: Stéphane Bourgeois


Actress and author Anne-Marie Olivier is an important figure in Quebec theatre. Since graduating from Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec in 1997, she has performed in many productions in addition to writing continuously. Created in 2004, her solo piece Gros et détail won her the Paul-Hébert performance award from the Prix d’excellence des arts et de la culture de Québec and the 2005 Loto-Québec Masque du public. She continued her acting career with Wajdi Mouawad in Forêts, Les Trois soeurs, and Temps, and wrote Mon corps deviendra froid for Théâtre de Quat’sous. She then produced Annette, a second solo show that she performed on skates, and created Scalpée and Faire l’amour—a play published by Atelier 10 in 2014. Anne-Marie Olivier has been co-executive director and artistic director of Théâtre du Trident since 2013. She also serves as artistic director of the theatre company Bienvenue aux dames! She lives in Quebec City.

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