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 the Children's Aid Society, he was raised in foster homes in northwestern Ontario and eventually was adopted by a family in St Catharines Ontario, and went by the family name of Gilkinson.[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 novel, Indian Horse, he currently lives outside Kamloops, British Columbia.

In 2015, Canada's Super Channel announced that it was funding a film adaptation of Wagamese's novel Indian Horse, to be directed by Stephen Campanelli and written by Dennis Foon.[4]

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[5]
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[5]
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[6]
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[7]
Medicine Walk. McClelland & Stewart. 2014. ISBN 978-0-7710-8918-3.  2015 Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Award[8]

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. ^ "Super Channel Announces Projects Funded for Development". Broadcaster, September 14, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Richard Wagamese - D&M Publishers". Douglas & McIntyre. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "One Story, One Song wis the 2011 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature". Douglas & McIntyre. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Richard Wagamese wins Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature". Quill & Quire, October 3, 2013.
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  9. ^ "List of winners since 1949". National Newspaper Awards. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Wagamese, Richard: Biography". WordFest. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Richard Wagamese is selected as a recipient of the 2012 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards". Douglas & McIntyre. Retrieved August 16, 2012.