Richard Wagamese

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Richard Wagamese (born 1955, near Minaki, Ontario) is an author and journalist from the Ojibway Wabasseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario, Canada.[1]

Early life[edit]

After being taken from his family via foster homes (Canada)|Children's Aid Society]], he was raised in foster homes in northwestern Ontario before being adopted by a family.[2]


Wagamese was a columnist for the Calgary Herald.[3] He has published a number of books, including novels, poetry and biographical work. According to the biography in his latest novel, Indian Horse, he currently lives outside Kamloops, British Columbia.

Published works[edit]

Book Awards & Honours
A Quality of Light. Doubleday Canada. 1997. ISBN 978-0-385-25606-3. 
For Joshua. Anchor Canada. 2003. ISBN 978-0-385-65953-6. 
Keeper'n Me. Anchor Canada. 1994. ISBN 978-0-385-66283-3. 
Dream Wheels. Anchor Canada. 2007. ISBN 978-0-385-66200-0.  2007 Canadian Authors Association MOSAID Technologies Inc. Award for Fiction[4]
One Native Life. Douglas & McIntyre. 2008. ISBN 978-1-55365-364-6.  Included in the Globe and Mail's 2008 Top 100 Books of the Year[4]
Ragged Company. Anchor Canada. 2009. ISBN 978-0-307-37263-5. 
One Story, One Song. Douglas & McIntyre. 2011. ISBN 978-1-55365-506-0.  2011 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature[5]
The Next Sure Thing. Raven Books. 2011. ISBN 9781554699001. 
Runaway Dreams. Ronsdale Press. 2011. ISBN 9781553801290. 
Indian Horse. Douglas & McIntyre. 2012. ISBN 978-1-55365-402-5.  2013 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature[6]
Medicine Walk. McClelland & Stewart. 2014. ISBN 978-0-7710-8918-3. 

Other awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Author Spotlight: Richard Wagamese". Random House. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Richard Wagamese". Grose Educational Media. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Grant, Agnest. "Review: Richard Wagamese, Keeper’n Me". The Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Richard Wagamese - D&M Publishers". Douglas & McIntyre. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "One Story, One Song wis the 2011 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature". Douglas & McIntyre. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Richard Wagamese wins Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature". Quill & Quire, October 3, 2013.
  7. ^ "List of winners since 1949". National Newspaper Awards. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Wagamese, Richard: Biography". WordFest. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Richard Wagamese is selected as a recipient of the 2012 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards". Douglas & McIntyre. Retrieved August 16, 2012.