2009 – Rudy Wiebe

Rudy Wiebe has been a major figure in the literary arts in Canada for 40 years.

A novelist, short story writer and essayist, Rudy’s work has received national recognition: twice winning the Governor Generals’ Award for Fiction and also receiving the Charles Taylor Award for Non-Fiction. His books have also won prizes in this province, most recently the Grant McEwan Award and, earlier, Alberta Awards for Best Non-Fiction and Best Children’s Book.

Translated into more than a dozen languages, Rudy’s books have found their way into readers’ hands not only across Canada but around the world – some have even found their way on to film.

A consummate artist, Rudy is also known as an inspiring teacher having taught creative writing at the University of Alberta for 25 years. He is also an active and passionate advocate for other writers. Nearly 30 years ago he founded the Writers Guild of Alberta and helped to create the Alberta Foundation for Literary Arts.

Rudy Wiebe’s contribution to literature and to Alberta is an inspiration to others. “He is known internationally for his significant body of work,” said the jury. It is fitting that he should be recognized in his own province with a Lieutnenat Governor’s Distinguished Artist Award.