Gil Courtemanche, a columnist with the Montreal daily newspaper Le Devoir, served briefly with the Rwanda Initiative in early September, teaching a course on opinion writing. Mr. Courtemanche's teaching assignment was cut short for personal reasons. His novel, Un dimanche à la piscine à Kigali ( A Sunday at the pool in Kigali), spent more than a year on Quebec bestseller lists and was later made into a feature film. The newspaper La Presse billed the book the novel of the year. He is also the author of several works of non-fiction in French including Québec and Nouvelles douces colères. His journalism in print and film has taken him to various war-torn countries including Lebanon and Haiti. He has worked in politics and journalism since the 1960s, and is also one of the writers of Moi et l'Autre, Quebec's most successful sitcom. He was nominated in 2003 for the Governor General's Literary Award-Translation and in 2004 for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.