Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul, about the murder of a young Mi’kmaq man and the half–truths leading to the miscarriage of justice that shapes its aftermath, is David Adams Richards’ nineteenth novel. “[S]tark, stunning and profound…brilliantly conceived, and flawlessly executed. This is Richards at the height of his powers, which is very high indeed. The word masterpiece is not too strong,” says Donna Bailey Nurse in the National Post.
Now 60 and living in Fredericton with his wife Peggy, David has been made an honourary Miramichier, allowing him to legally fly fish in the area that haunts his powerful literature.
Indeed, David’s stories exploring the hard–won treasures of tragedy in this Maritime valley have established him as one of Canada’s most celebrated and important authors.
He won the Governor General’s Award for Nights Below Station Street in 1988, and won again for his non–fiction book, Lines on Water, A Fly Fisherman’s Life on the Miramichi, a decade later. In 2000, Mercy Among the Children shared the Giller Prize with Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost in 2000. In 2001, he was the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris award–winner for both Novel of the Year (for Mercy) and Author of the Year. David has also won two Gemini Awards for his screenplays for Small Gifts and For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down. In 2009, he was named to the Order of Canada for his contribution to Canadian literature.
“I refuse to exploit the cynical. I’d rather celebrate the human,” David said in a CBC Interview following his Giller Prize win. That life–affirming attitude characterizes all his work, however dark its sources.
David’s next work of non–fiction, Facing the Hunter, is due out this October.