Richard Wagamese

Literary Birthday – 14 October – Richard Wagamese

Richard Wagamese was born 14 October 1955 and died 10 March 2017.


  1. All that we are is story. From the moment we are born to the time we continue on our spirit journey, we are involved in the creation of the story of our time here. It is what we arrive with. It is all we leave behind.
  2. When your innocence is stripped from you, when your people are denigrated, when the family you came from is denounced and your tribal ways and rituals are pronounced backward, primitive, savage, you come to see yourself as less than human. That is hell on earth, that sense of unworthiness. That’s what they inflicted on us.
  3. There is such a powerful eloquence in silence. True genius is knowing when to say nothing, to allow the experience, the moment itself, to carry the message, to say what needs to be said.
  4. My idea of success is still producing one great sentence. Luckily, I get to do that a handful of times a day, so I’m successful a lot. I will always approach my work this way because as a self-taught person I view each day as an honour and a privilege to work as a storyteller. (via)
  5. Before I write I tell myself the story first, out loud, until I hear myself tell it front to back and then I sit down and write. I assemble the whole narrative arc in my head and tell it to myself and in this way, I come to know the whole story and the writing is easy. (via)

Richard Wagamese was a Canadian author and journalist. The author of 13 books in the genres of fiction, memoir, and poetry, he was best known for his 2012 novel Indian Horse.

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Posted on: 14th October 2018