NEWS RELEASE – TORONTO, ON (November 10, 2015)
After months of reading the best in Canadian fiction and non-fiction for adults, readers from over 100 Ontario libraries have chosen Richard Wagamese’s Medicine Walk as the 2015 Evergreen Award winner.
Medicine Walk is a timeless and universal story about family, loss, forgiveness and redemption as a young man journeys with his dying father to lay him to rest. As a previous finalist of Canada Reads for Indian Horse, Wagamese is no stranger to Canadians.
“Libraries played a major part in my becoming a writer,” says Wagamese. “If it were not for the haven they provided during my late teens and [early] 20s, I would not be where I am today. It is therefore, a tremendous honour to be named this year’s [Forest of Reading] Evergreen Award winner for my novel Medicine Walk.”
Ontario readers participated in the Evergreen Award program through book clubs and other community forums. The = reading program is designed for adults and comprised of the best titles in Canadian fiction and non-fiction. It is one of eight programs that form the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) Forest of Reading®, Canada’s largest recreational reading program of its kind.
A committee of library professionals chooses the titles nominated for the Evergreen Award, which are announced every January. Votes are tallied for the award in late October.
“We’re thrilled that Richard Wagamese will now be joining the ranks of previous Evergreen Award winners, who include Cathy Marie Buchanan, Terry Fallis and Linwood Barclay,” says Catherine Coles, Chair, Evergreen Award Steering and Selection Committee. “The Evergreen Selection Committee found Medicine Walk, a brutally honest and tender exploration of redemption, to be deserving of a strong readership and we’re glad library patrons across Ontario have agreed.”
The Forest of Reading helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators; and encourages a love of reading in people of all ages. All Canadians are invited to participate through their schools, local public libraries, literacy centres or at home.
The Evergreen Award will be accepted at OLA’s annual Super Conference in Toronto in January