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Rudy Wiebe, 2005-2006 Distinguished Visiting Writer

Rudy Wiebe, 2005-2006 Distinguished Visiting WriterOne of the best-known voices in Canadian fiction and a major figure in Canadian letters, Rudy Wiebe is the author of nine novels, four short story collections, and five non-fiction works. Wiebe's writing has garnered numerous awards, including two Governor General's Literary Awards, for A Discovery of Strangers (1994) and The Temptations of Big Bear (1973), which was made into a CBC television miniseries co-written by Wiebe and director Gil Cardinal. His books and stories are widely published internationally, and have been translated into nine European languages, as well as Chinese, Japanese, and Hindi.

Wiebe's publications include the biography Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman, which he co-authored with Yvonne Johnson; Sweeter Than All the World; a novel of the historical Mennonite diaspora; and the children's book Hidden Buffalo, based on a Cree creation legend and illustrated by Michael Lonechild. Rudy Wiebe is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Rudy Wiebe read from his memoir Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest, and a selection of earlier works, on Wednesday, October 5, 2005 at Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall at the U of C's Rozsa Centre. Rudy was in residence at the university from October 1-31, 2005.