Lee Maracle to receive $10K Harbourfront Festival Prize for contributions to literature
Celebrated poet and author Lee Maracle has been selected for the annual $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize, an award administered by the Toronto International Festival of Authors in recognition of an author's contribution to the Canadian literary community.
"This is such an honour to be recognized by the Toronto International Festival of Authors," said Maracle in a news release. "I have been a participant on many occasions at this festival and am honoured to accept it. This moves me to know that others believe my work is worthy of such attention."
Maracle published her first book, the autobiographical novel Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel, in 1975. It was one of the first Indigenous works published in Canada and began a critically acclaimed and award-winning career in writing, teaching and activism.
Her most recent works include My Conversations With Canadians, a collection of essays on questions she's been asked throughout her career, and Memory Serves, which anthologizes Maracle's lectures on Sto:lo history, memory and philosophy.
"Widely considered one of the most prestigious Indigenous authors in Canada, Maracle's impressive body of work — which includes poetry, scriptwriting and novels — has undoubtedly helped shape the next generation of writers. I can think of no one more deserving of this accolade," said Taylor in an email to CBC Books.