Diane at the old breakwater, Memramcook, NB, Canada
Photo: Skip Wallin
"It's impossible to imagine Acadian children's literature without Diane Carmel Léger's novels."
Why I Write
I write mostly to make Acadian history and culture more accessible to all. It is my passion. My novels celebrate the bonds Acadians have with the Mi’kmaq, Cajuns, Germans and others. My picture books were inspired by personal experiences, such as helping to save the tallest Sitka spruce in the world.
The Lookout Tree (Nimbus Publishing) is my translation of my very first book, La butte à Pétard, which is an classic in Acadian children's literature. It is the story of a family who hid in the forest of the Maritimes like many other Acadian families during the Deportation years.
Les Acmaq : tome 2 Les feux follets de Tatamagouche (La Grande Marée) is the latest book of my historical fantasy series.
Illustration by Jean-Luc Trudel, My Two Grandmothers, Nimbus Publishing, 2016