Audrée Wilhelmy is part of the first generation of Quebecois writers whose postsecondary education focused entirely on creative writing. After completing a bachelor’s degree in creative writing at the Université du Québec à Montréal, she completed a master’s degree at McGill University and published part of her thesis (titled La Petite au moment du dépôt) under the title Oss. Published in 2011, Oss was shortlisted for the Prix des libraires du Québec and for the Governor General’s Literary Awards.
Audrée Wilhelmy’s second novel, Les sangs, was written as part of a doctoral degree in arts studies and practice at UQAM. It was published in Canada and in France and was shortlisted for the Prix des libraires du Québec and the Prix France-Québec in 2014. It also won the 2015 Prix Sade ex aequo. The novel was adapted for the theatre by Camila Forteza and Anneke Brier in May 2017 and by Jean-François Guilbault the following year before being translated into Spanish under the title Las sangres.
In parallel with her fiction writing, Audrée Wilhelmy has conducted research on the function of images in the writing process. She defended her doctoral thesis, titled L’image en amont du texte littéraire, in December 2015 and soon after launched into research and creative work as part of a postdoctorate at the Université de Montréal. She completed a writing residency at the Villa Médicis de l’Académie de France in Rome. In 2017, she left academia to pursue her career as a novelist while developing an artistic practice in photography, focusing mainly on portraiture and art photography.
Audrée Wilhelmy’s third novel, Le corps des bêtes, published in 2017 and in which she addresses taboos such as incest and polygamy, was shortlisted for the Prix des libraires du Québec, the Prix littéraire des collégiens, the Prix SGDL Révélations, the 2019 Prix France-Canada, and the 2019 Prix du Roman d’Écologie. It was translated by Susan Ouriou and published by House of Anansi Press in the fall of 2019 under the title The Body of the Beasts.