Fonds P237 - Ann Charney fonds

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Ann Charney fonds

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P237

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  • 1954-2009 (Creation)
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    Charney, Ann

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2.8 m of textual documents
53 photographs
3 posters

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(1940-)

Biographical history

Ann Charney is a Montreal-based novelist, short-story writer and journalist.

Ann Charney was born on April 3, 1940 in Brody/ Lwow, Poland (today Lviv, Ukraine) as the daughter of Dora Wengler Korsower and Michael Korsower.
Until the liberation of Poland by the Russians in 1945, Ann Charney’s family had to hide because they were Jews. In 1950, Ann Charney and her parents immigrated to Canada. Since that time, she lived almost continuously in Montreal, Quebec. In 1960, she married architect Melvin Charney. Together they have a daughter, Dara.
She received a master in French literature from McGill University in 1965. She also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
Ann Charney lives in Montreal.

Ann Charney contributed as a columnist and writer of short stories to the Maclean’s magazine, Saturday Night, Chatelaine, the Canadian Forum, Queen’s Quarterly and other Canadian and American periodicals. She also wrote book reviews.
Her first novel, Dobryd, was published in 1973.
Ann Charney has received grants from Canada Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres de Québec. She has received various awards, including National Magazine Awards, the Chatelaine Fiction Prize, and the Canadian Authors’ Association Prize, honouring both her fiction and non-fiction work. In April 2006, the French government decorated Ann Charney as an officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters.

Ann Charney is member of the Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois and the Writer’s Union of Canada. She was involved with Blue Metropolis since the first years of the foundation. She is part of the Blue Metropolis Foundation Honorary Board.

Custodial history

The fonds was transferred from the Records Management and Archives Department to Concordia University Libraries Special Collections on June 22, 2016

Scope and content

The fonds provides information on Ann Charney’s journalistic and literary career as well as her personal life. It presents both her fiction and non-fiction writings from the beginning in the 1960s until 2009, and gives an insight in the process of publishing from the author’s point of view.
The fonds also includes information on the Blue Metropolis foundation, a not-for-profit organization located in Montreal, Quebec, responsible for the annual Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival.
Finally, the fonds illustrates the life of Jewish emigrants as well as Canadian and international artists in the second half of the 20th century.

The fonds contains without limitations drafts and final versions of novels and short stories written by Ann Charney, personal and professional correspondence, newspaper articles, publicity material, meeting minutes, agreements, financial documents, photographs, reports, and magazines.

The fonds is organized into the following series:

P237/A Fiction
P237/B Non-fiction
P237/C Correspondance
P237/D Blue Metropolis

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The documents were donated to Concordia University Archives by Ann Charney in 2010.

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  • English

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Some documents are in French or Polish.

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Reproduction for research or private study is permitted. Use of material in publications cannot be done without permission of the copyright holder.

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