I received a text from my mom this morning, telling me the bad news. One of my favourite authors, award-winning Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese, had passed away. Immediately, I went online to check. Sure enough, the Globe and Mail confirmed the worst. At the time, Richard was working on a sequel to his acclaimed novel Medicine Walk. What strikes me as ironic is that after I finished reading this book, I wished for a sequel, wanting to read more about Franklin Starlight’s (the protagonist) journey into manhood.
Richard’s other book, Indian Horse, is being adapted for a movie, according to the Globe and Mail, and what a movie that will make. I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed this fictional work by Richard.
I did an Author Alert for him just a couple of week ago, after finally acquiring a faster Internet connection so I could begin updating my blog once again (up until then I was stuck on dial-up and unable to use WordPress).
I do hope many honour Richard’s memory and read his works, both fiction and non-fiction. His latest publication, Embers, is full wisdom from the elders and his own learned experiences during his life’s journey.
Sleep well, Richard. You will be greatly missed.