Vicki Laveau-Harvie, 2019 winner of the Stella Prize for her memoir The Erratics, about the destructive repercussions of mental illness in a family, was born in Canada, but lived for many years in France before settling in Australia. In France, she worked as a translator and a business editor, despite being a specialist in 18th century French literature. In Sydney, she lectured in French Studies at Macquarie University. After retiring, she taught ethics in a primary school.
Laveau-Harvie is passionate about writing, education and communication. In addition to the Stella for her memoir, she also won the 2018 Finch Memoir Prize and various other prizes for short fiction and poetry.