Dave Carpenter Wins Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence
SWG is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Cheryl and Henry
Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence
this year’s winner is multiple award winning author Dave Carpenter!
Every year the best of Saskatchewan’s writers, who also possess substantial
bodies of work, vie for the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary
Excellence. From a field of many qualified writers only one can rise above the
rest and be selected to receive this prestigious award. The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild was proud to host the award for the Cheryl
and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence on September 15,
2015 at the Saskatoon Club. Jeanne Alexander,
President of SWG, emceed the event and Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg presented
the award to Dave Carpenter. Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon
Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, brought greetings and
congratulations. Dave Carpenter gave a short thank you speech and a small
reading before the reception.
award honours a Saskatchewan writer who has written a substantial body of
acclaimed literary work. It carries a prize of $10,000 and a framed limited
edition print of a painting by Saskatchewan artist Dorothy Knowles.
began writing first as a translator and reviewer but in the 1980s he switched
to writing fiction and literary essays. Several of his early stories appeared
in Saturday Night, and McClelland & Stewart published Jokes
for the Apocalypse (1985) and God's Bedfellows (1988). His
literary essays were collected in Writing Home (1994), but his biggest
success came in 1996 when Courting Saskatchewan brought him a national
audience as a chronicler of monthly rituals in this province. Carpenter's
most recent publication is a collaboration with an old Cree trapper from
Pelican Narrows who survived some brutal abuse in a residential school from
1935 to 1944. The Education of Augie Merasty was released in the
spring of 2015 by The University of Regina Press, and the reception to this
book has been dramatic. The jury believes that Carpenter’s “books speak of his
abiding reverence for nature and the people of his native western Canada.”
This prestigious award was established in May 2010 by Cheryl
and Henry Kloppenburg, lawyers by profession, but philanthropists at heart. The
Patrons of the Award are: Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield,
Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan; His Worship Donald J. Atchison, Mayor of
the City of Saskatoon, and Gordon Barnhart, Interim President of the University
of Saskatchewan. All were present for the occasion, along with a number of
other distinguished guests.
Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence is one of the most lucrative
provincial awards in Canada.