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Indigenous novelist Richard Wagamese’s final work to be celebrated at UVic – Times Colonist

by ahnationtalk on December 3, 201896 Views

December 2, 2018

Richard Wagamese was an Indigenous novelist whose characters, prose and dialogue sparkled from the page. But most important, he was the creator, parent and protector of stories, say people who knew him.

“Richard really believed everybody had a story,” said Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, chancellor of the University of Victoria and longtime friend of Wagamese.

“His basic premise was that nobody is going anywhere, so we might as well get along,” said Rogers in an interview. “The way to do that was to sit down and listen to each other’s stories.”

Wagamese died on March 10, 2017, at his home in Kamloops. A report said he had been dealing with pneumonia. He was 61.

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