|Born||September 29, 1987|
Her 2011 debut novel Kuessipan received an honourable mention from the Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie in 2012. Kuessipan is an meditative novel about life in the wilds of northeastern Quebec. Fontaine wrote this novel in French at the age of twenty-three. She depicts a community of Innu, nomadic hunters and fishers, and of hard-working mothers and their children, enduring a harsh, sometimes cruel reality with quiet dignity. Pervading the book is a palpable sense of place and time played out as a series of moments. Elders who watch their kin grow up before their eyes; couples engaged in domestic crises, and young people undone by alcohol; caribou-skin drums that bring residents to their feet; and lives spent along a bay that reflects the beauty of the earth and the universal truth that life is a fleeting puzzle whose pieces must be put together before it can be fully lived.
Her second novel, Manikanetish, was published in 2017, and was a shortlisted finalist for the Governor General's Award for French-language fiction at the 2018 Governor General's Awards. Also in 2017, her short piece "Tshinanu" was selected for inclusion in Granta's Canadian issue.
- Kuessipan. Mémoire d'encrier, 2011
- English transl. David Homel: Kuessipan. Arsenal Pulp Press 2013
- Manikanetish. Mémoire d'encrier, 2013
- Avec Olivier Dezutter, Jean-François Létourneau éd.: Tracer un chemin: Meshkanatsheu. Hannenorak, 2017
- "Naomi Fontaine : la force des Innus". Ici Radio-Canada, November 5, 2017.
- "Rentrée littéraire Coup de coeur : « Kuessipan », de Naomi Fontaine". L'Express, September 9, 2015
- "Naomi Fontaine revient aux sources avec Manikanetish". Les malins, September 23, 2017.
- The Innu word means to you or your turn. Quill & Quire, fall preview 2013: Canadian novels
- "Geneviève Damas, lauréate du 11e prix des cinq continents de la francophonie". Le Nouvelliste, September 26, 2012.
- "Prix littéraires du Gouverneur général: les finalistes dévoilés". La Presse, October 3, 2018.
- "Why Granta dedicated an entire issue to Canadian writing". Maclean's, November 9, 2017.
- "5 combattants dans le ring du Combat national des livres". Ici Radio-Canada, April 8, 2019.