David Adams Richards

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David Adams Richards
Born (1950-10-17) 17 October 1950 (age 66)
Newcastle, New Brunswick, Canada
Occupation writer
Nationality Canadian
Education St. Thomas University (incomplete)
Notable awards Order of Canada
Governor General's Award
Gemini Award
Giller Prize
Children 2

David Adams Richards, CM, ONB (born 17 October 1950) is a Canadian novelist, essayist, screenwriter and poet.

Born in Newcastle, New Brunswick, Richards left St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, three credits shy of completing a BA.[1] Richards has been a writer-in-residence at various universities and colleges across Canada, including the University of New Brunswick. He is currently the Artist in Residence at St. Thomas University.

Richards has received numerous awards including 2 Gemini Awards for scriptwriting for Small Gifts and "For Those Who Hunt The Wounded Down", the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the Canadian Authors Association Award for his novel Evening Snow Will Bring Such Peace. Richards is one of only three writers to have won in both the fiction and non-fiction categories of the Governor General's Award. He won the 1988 fiction award for Nights Below Station Street and the 1998 non-fiction award for Lines on the Water: A Fisherman's Life on the Miramichi. He was also a co-winner of the 2000 Giller Prize for Mercy Among the Children. In 2009, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to the Canadian literary scene as an essayist, screenwriter and writer of fiction and non-fiction".[2] In 2011 he received the Matt Cohen Prize.

In 1971, he married the former Peggy McIntyre. They have two sons, John Thomas Richards and Anton Richards, and reside in Fredericton as of December 2012.[3][4]

The Writers' Federation of New Brunswick administers an annual David Adams Richards Prize for Fiction.[5]

Richards' papers are currently housed at the University of New Brunswick.[6]

In 2014, the Halifax singer-songwriter Dan MacCormack released an album of songs inspired by Richards' novels, called Symphony of Ghosts. The title was taken from a line in Mercy Among the Children.[7]



David Adams Richards talks about Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul on Bookbits radio.


  • Small Heroics (1972) (chapbook)


  • The Dungarvon Whooper (1975)
  • Water Carrier, Bones and Earth (1983)
  • Hockey Dreams (2009)

Short stories[edit]

  • Dancers at Night (1978)
  • Dane (1978)


  • A Lad From Brantford and Other Essays (1994)
  • Hockey Dreams: Memories of a Man Who Couldn't Play (1996)
  • Lines on the Water: A Fisherman's Life on the Miramichi (1998, winner of the 1998 Governor General's Award)
  • Extraordinary Canadians: Lord Beaverbrook (2008)
  • God is. (2009)
  • Facing the Hunter: Reflections on a Misunderstood Way of Life (2011)



  • "Non-Judgmental Truth: An Interview with David Adams Richards" by Craig Proctor, Blood & Aphorisms (Winter 1998)


  1. ^ Zenari, Vivian. "David Adams Richards". Athabasca University - Centre for Language and Literature. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Governor General Announces 57 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Books: The Friends of Meager Fortune". Random House. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Adams Richards named to Order of Canada". The Daily Gleaner. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "24 Years of WFNB Literary Competition Winners!". Writers' Federation of New Brunswick. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "David Adams Richards fonds". University of New Brunswick. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Johns, Stephanie, "Dan MacCormack is book smart", The Coast, 13 November 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2016.

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