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Manawaka is a fictional town in the Canadian province of Manitoba, frequently used as a setting in novels and short stories by Margaret Laurence. The town was based on Laurence's real-life hometown of Neepawa,[1] and should not be confused with the real-life town of Maniwaki, Quebec. The town is also used in Daniel Poliquin's novel L'écureuil noir.

The Manawaka sequence consists of the books The Stone Angel, A Jest of God, The Fire-Dwellers, A Bird in the House, and The Diviners.[2]


  1. ^ (June 30, 2007). "Neepawa embraces Margaret Laurence; Neighbours come to terms with author's work", Guelph Mercury, p. C9.
  2. ^ McArthur, Douglas (March 30, 1994). "Neepawa, Manitoba: Home on the prairie with Margaret Laurence: Those who take the detour off the Trans-Canada will find fictional Manawaka, the scene in five classic novels, is a real place", The Globe and Mail, p. D1.