March 25, 2019
| Author Jillian Recksiedler
Canada is a fertile ground for scribes, and Manitoba has produced some of Can-Lit’s most unique voices. Since we're all currently making our way through our reading list as we stay home, check out four of Manitoba’s most prolific authors!
Miriam Toews, Prairie novelist extraordinaire
Miriam Toews grew up in Steinbach, a town southeast of Winnipeg. Toews mines the town’s Mennonite heritage for many of her novels, including her best-seller A Complicated Kindness.
Carol Shields, Winnipeg’s fiction queen
The Stone Diaries is American-born, Winnipeg-based author Carol Shields’ most well-known novel. The fictional autobiography of Daisy Flett won a US. Pulitzer Prize and the Canadian Governor General’s Award for fiction. But it’s Shield’s novel Republic of Love that captures the essence of life in Winnipeg. In it, characters Tom and Fay muddle through the pitfalls and peaks of finding modern love after divorce.
Gabrielle Roy, Franco-Canadian star scribe
Gabrielle Roy, who lived and taught in St. Boniface for the first 30 years of her life, is considered the most widely read Franco-Canadian writer. She worked as a freelance reporter, a member of a theatre troupe and a teacher before finding her true calling as a writer. Her novel Bonheur d’occasion (The Tin Flute) was published in 1945 and won critical and popular acclaim.
Margaret Laurence, pride of Neepawa
Margaret Laurence is one of Canada’s seminal writers. Her most famous novel The Stone Angel took place in Manawaka, a fictional village based on her hometown Neepawa. The novel’s heroine, 90-year-old Hagar Shipley, looks back on her life as a wife and mother in this powerful and evocative tale about marriage, motherhood and aging. In real life, Neepawa is a picturesque town of 4,000 people two hours west of Winnipeg.
About The Author
Hi, I'm Jillian, a marketer, communicator, traveller and Manitoba flag waver. Growing up in rural Manitoba during the '80s means I have a penchant for daytrips, maps (the paper kind), and prairie sunsets. I never tire of sharing stories about my home.