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Congratulations to Patrick Lane

Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11:59am

Congratulations to Patrick Lane, who now has a new honour to add to the end of his name--O.C., or Officer of the Order of Canada, which recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large. On November 21 he attended the investiture ceremony in Ottawa.  

Lane is one of Canada’s most renowned writers. His distinguished career spans fifty years and over twenty-five volumes of poetry as well as award-winning books of fiction and non-fiction.

He has numerous awards to his credit, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, the CAA Award for Poetry and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. His memoir, There is a Season, was a national bestseller and won the BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. His novel, Red Dog, Red Dog, was also a national bestseller and was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

This fall Lane also published Washita, the first collection of his new work to appear in seven years. Washita looks at some of the most meaningful and inexpressible experiences we go though as we live our lives—the loss of loved ones, the breakdown of our bodies, our acquisition of hard-won wisdom. Honest and reflective in tone, the collection is also full of Lane’s trademark powerful imagery and unflinching language.

Patrick Lane has lived and travelled extensively around the world and his work has been published in a number of countries, including England, France, the Czech Republic, Italy, China, Japan, Chile, Colombia, Yugoslavia, the Netherlands, and Russia. He has been a writer in residence and teacher at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and the University of Toronto in Ontario. Patrick Lane lives near Victoria, with his wife, the poet Lorna Crozier.