Library Chat: Author Wagamese was a champion of libraries – Medicine Hat News

by ahnationtalk on March 17, 2017166 Views

March 17, 2017

We’ve lost Richard Wagamese, celebrated journalist and award-winning author, much too early, at only 61. You are likely familiar with his Canada Reads finalist “Indian Horse” or “Medicine Walk,” a Banff Mountain Book Festival grand award winner. The library community mourns the loss of a champion who frequently said “libraries and librarians are my favourite places and people on the planet.”

On June 1, 2016, and available online, the Candy Palmater Show on CBC Radio featured an interview with Wagamese who described the important role of public libraries in his search for knowledge and self-improvement. He was a scared, lonely 16-year-old who followed people into a building looking for warmth. The first thing he noticed was the peace; no yelling or banging or abuse.

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