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Helen Weinzweig was born in Poland in 1915. She married John Weinzweig, a well-known Canadian composer, and had two sons, Paul and Daniel. While she only completed four years at high school, she was an avid reader and self-educated. Weinzweig authored short stories and novels, won the Toronto Book Award in 1981, and was a shortlisted nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction in 1989. She was regarded as one of Canada's first important feminist writers, and her style was marked by experimental forms with some aspects of metafiction. Helen also wrote and produced a one-act play, and several of her short stories were adapted for stage and CBC Radio. Weinzweig died in 2010, aged ninety-four.