Popular novelist and short story writer W.P. Kinsella (BA '74) has chosen his old training ground&emdash;the UVic Department of Writing--to receive the $5,000 cash prize included with the 1997 Canadian Letters Award he will receive next month in Ottawa.
Writing department chair Derk Wynand says the funds will be earmarked for a bursary or prize endowment in Kinsella's name.
Kinsella, one of Canada's best-selling and most prolific authors (Shoeless Joe, Dance Me Outside, and Red Wolf, Red Wolf), will receive the award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters at a ceremony in the nation's capital Nov. 16. The foundation was established by the Periodical Marketers of Canada to recognize achievement in Canadian writing, publishing or the promotion of literacy. The award money is granted to the educational or literacy institution of the recipient's choice.
Kinsella was awarded an honorary degree from UVic in 1991 (D.Litt.). He is a past recipient of the Order of Canada, the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship.
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