25th Anniversary October Retrospective: Angel Wing Splash Pattern Featured

Angel Wing Splash Pattern by Richard Van Camp

Explore the healing going on in Indian country. There is pain in these stories and there is loss. There is death, but there is also rebirth, and there is always the search from each of the narrators for personal truth. Readers will recognize Larry Sole from The Lesser Blessed in his story "How I Saved Christmas," and there are new voices here, new secrets from new characters in communities across the north and the south, yet they are all linked by themes of hope, the spirit of friendship, and hunger. 

Angel Wing Splash Pattern is a Canadian National Bestseller.

Author Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tlicho Dene from Fort Smith, NWT. He is a graduate of the En'owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria's Creative Writing BFA Program, and the Master's Degree in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. He is an internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author of 22 books. His novel, The Lesser Blessed, is now a feature film with First Generation Films and premiered in September of 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival. 

Praise for Angel Wing Splash Pattern

“The depth of Richard's writing is phenomenal." - Carol Rose Daniels, author of Bearskin Diary.

 "Richard Van Camp uncovers truths in his fiction, his work so electric alive with human experience it sings and hollers, whispers seductively, cries, moans, chuckles. His voice is young and old at the same time, the double vision of a deep talent, a fearless intellect. His stories are a new territory of his own making, a powerful place of sex and love and compassion and forgiveness." - Susan Power, author of The Grass Dancer and Roofwalker

 "Van Camp has a real respect for the sacred and the profane in these close-to-the-bone stories. People take on their difficult lives with spunk and a sense of humour, and, perhaps more importantly, he engenders an irrepressible sense of hope where the prognosis might otherwise be bleak." - Malahat Review Fall 2002 issue by Lucy Bashford.


  • 2015
    • R. Ross Arnett Award for Children's Literature for Little You
  • 2013
    • Georges Bugnet award for Godless but Loyal to Heaven (Enfield & Wizenty)
  • 2012
    • Northern Journal's "News-maker of the Year"
    • Up Here Magazine's "Northerner of the Year"
  • 2006 - 2007
    • Wordcraft Storyteller of the Year for "The Greatest Storytelling in Canada and the US" at the annual Returning the Gift conference held at Michigan State University by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers
  • 2001
    • Jugendileraturpries Award, the highest award for a translation awarded by the German government for The Lesser Blessed (Translated by Ulrich Plezdorf)
  • 1999 - 2000
    • Canadian Children's Book Center "Our Choice" recommended list For What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses
  • 1999
    • Writer of the Year Award for Children's Literature by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers for A Man Called Raven
  • 1997
    • Canadian Authors Association Air Canada Award, honoring a young (under 30) Canadian writer deemed to show the most promise for the future in the field of literary creation 


  • 2013
    • Finalist for the Western Magazine for the short story "Devotion"
  • 2010
    • ReLit Award for The Moon of Letting Go
    • Western Magazine Award, nominated by Prairie Fire for the short story "Dypthia”



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