Richard Van Camp

Internationally Renowned Storyteller and Best-Selling Author, Dene nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories

Richard Van Camp is a Dogrib Tłı̨chǫ writer of the Dene nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. An internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author, he is most recognized for his 1996 novel The Lesser Blessed. Adapted into a film by director Anita Doron and released by First Generation Films, it premiered in September of 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival. He has written 25 additional books in just about every genre.

Van Camp has been awarded the R. Ross Arnett Award for Children’s Literature for his children’s book Little You. He was also the winner of the 2013 Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction for his short story collection Godless but Loyal to Heaven. Van Camp was a shortlisted nominee for the ReLit Award for Short Fiction in 2010 for The Moon of Letting Go, in 2016 for Night Moves, and in 2020 for Moccasin Square Gardens.

Van Camp is a graduate of the En’owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria’s Creative Writing BFA Program, and the Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

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