|Literacy Matters||March 2008|
Richard Van Camp’s Tour
Richard Van Camp is from Fort Smith, NWT. Richard is a proud member of the Tåîchô (Dogrib) Nation. He is a poet, a novelist and a short story writer. Richard has also written award winning books for children. Richard is a great talent and is the first published Tåîchô author
Lisa Campbell and baby Maria read Richard’s book together.
Richard is a graduate of the En’owkin International School of Writing and the University of Victoria’s Creative Writing BFA Program. He also went on to get his Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Richard now teaches creative writing for Aboriginal students at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
He was recently awarded “Wordcraft Storyteller of the Year” in 2006-2007 for “the greatest storytelling in Canada and the US.” Richard is the author of three children’s books: A Man Called Raven,What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? and his newest book, Welcome Song for Baby – a lullaby for newborns.
Richard has also written a novel, The Lesser Blessed, which has been translated into French and German. In 2001 it won Germany’s highest award for a translation. He also wrote, Angel Wing Splash Pattern, which is a collection of his finest short stories.
Richard Van Camp celebrated Family Literacy in the Northwest Territories by promoting his new baby book, Welcome Song for Baby - a lullaby for newborns.
Richard kicked off his northern tour with a get together for moms and babies at the Yellowknife Public Library on Monday, January 7th. Everyone was treated to a reading of the book by Richard followed by games and songs. Each family received a signed copy of the new baby book.
In the afternoon Richard visited K’àlemì Dene School in N’dilo where he shared stories of his youth growing up in Fort Smith.
The older kids shared their ambitions with Richard and he gave them lots of encouragement to write down their stories. He told them anything is possible with hard work and determination. Richard also showed a DVD about suicide that is based on an Aboriginal comic book. The name of the comic is Darkness Calls and the DVD is in the Gitxsan language of the West Coast with English subtitles.
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