From the archives: Robert Kroetsch on Writers & Company


This archival interview originally aired on Writers & Company on September 28, 2003.

Renowned Canadian novelist and poet Robert Kroetsch died in a car accident on Tuesday night. According to his publisher, the University of Alberta Press, the 83 year-old was driving home from the Artspeak Festival in Canmore, Alberta, at the time. Five other passengers were injured in the collision, which involved two vehicles.

Kroetsch was a prolific writer, with seven non-fiction books, nine novels and 14 poetry collections to his name. His novel The Studhorse Man won the Governor General's Award for Fiction in 1969.

On September 28, 2003, Writers & Company broadcast a panel discussion from the Winnipeg International Writers Festival with Kroetsch titled "Prairie Traditions: Writing Against the Grain." Joining Kroetsch on the panel, which was moderated by Eleanor Wachtel, were David Bergen, Margaret Sweatman and Roger Léveillé.

Listen to the panel discussion above.

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