2019 CMU PAX Award Presentation to Rudy Wiebe (video)
Rudy Wiebe, is best known for his novels set in the Canadian prairies and his representations of Indigenous people. He was awarded the Governor General's Award for Fiction twice, for The Temptations of Big Bear (1973) and A Discovery of Strangers (1994) and won the Charles Taylor Prize for Of This Earth: a Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest (2006).
In addition to writing books, the Wiebe has written numerous film and television scripts and has lectured and given readings internationally, in cities from Adelaide to Puerto Rico. For 30 years he taught literature and creative writing at colleges and universities in Canada, the United States, and Germany.
Now retired from teaching, his former students include such accomplished writers as Myrna Kostash, Aritha van Herk, Thomas Wharton, and Katherine Govier.
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