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Richard Wagamese wins Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize

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Richard Wagamese

Congratulations to Richard Wagamese, who was awarded the 2013 Canada Council Molson Prize in the arts. The Molson Prize has a value of $50,000 and honours "outstanding lifetime achievements and ongoing contributions to the cultural and intellectual life of Canada." Professor Ann Dale of Victoria was awarded the Molson Prize in the category of social sciences and humanities for her research into sustainable communities. Robert Sirman, Canada Council Director and CEO, praised the recipients for offering us "new narratives on culture, environment and sense of community."

In their comments, the jury observed that Richard Wagamese "takes us on a difficult but necessary journey. Giving voice to the silenced through honest, compassionate story-telling, his work explores the experience of loss and recovery of culture and identity. Mr. Wagamese is a mentor, teacher and leader, and his exceptional literary output continues to open pathways of communication between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.”

Richard Wagamese is an Ojibway writer from the Wabseemoong First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. He is the author of 13 books including Indian Horse (Douglas & McIntyre),
which was a contender for the 2013 CBC Canada Reads competition. His new novel, Medicine Walk, will be published in 2014 with McClelland & Stewart. He lives near Kamloops, B.C.

Read more about the Molson Prize on the Canada Council for the Arts website.

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