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Richard Wagamese was a novelist, short story writer and journalist. He was a columnist for the Calgary Herald. His works of fiction have become a part of the Canadian literary canon. Through his stories, Wagamese often delved into the Indigenous experience within Canada and the legacy of the residential school system. He died in March 2017.
Wagamese debuted with the novel Keeper'n Me in 1994. It won the Alberta Writers Guild Best Novel Award the following year. His book Indian Horse was a finalist on Canada Reads 2013, defended by Carol Huynh. He received the 2013 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. In 2017, the novel was adapted into a feature film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He won the 2015 Writers' Trust of Canada's Matt Cohen Award. In 2018, it was announced that his final novel Starlight would be published posthumously.
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