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Dave Carpenter Wins Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence

The SWG is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence

And 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.

The 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.

Dave Carpenter 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 three Honorary 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.

The Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence is one of the most lucrative provincial awards in Canada.

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