Friday, November 14, 2008
Elaine Kalman Naves
Elaine Kalman Naves was born in Budapest, Hungary, and immigrated to Canada in 1959 as a child. She attended McGill and Bishop’s Universities, and worked as an editor and researcher at the Centre d’Etude de Québec during the 1970s. She now writes a book column and literary features for the Montreal Gazette and also freelances widely. Naves is the author of a work of narrative non-fiction entitled Journey to Vaja: Reconstructing the World of a Hungarian-Jewish Family and a collection of biographical sketches of prominent Montreal authors called The Writers of Montreal. She is also the editor of two scholarly works in Canadian history. Her latest book is Robert Weaver: Godfather of Canadian Literature. This book is about the noted Canadian literary critic who died in early 2008. Naves created a two-part series for CBC Radio One last February on Weaver’s life and work.