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Richard Van Camp Books In Order

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Publication Order of The Spirit of Denendeh Books

A Blanket of Butterflies (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
As I Enfold You in Petals (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Lesser Blessed (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Angel Wing Splash Pattern (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Moon of Letting Go (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Godless but Loyal to Heaven (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Moves (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moccasin Square Gardens (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Children's Books

A Man Called Raven (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Welcome Song for Baby (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nighty-Night (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little You (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
We Sang You Home (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
May We Have Enough to Share (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Laila Tov (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Publication Order of The Debwe Books

The Gift Is in the Making (By: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Feathers (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire Starters (By: Scott B. Henderson,Donovan Yaciuk,Jen Storm) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Coming Home(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Me Artsy(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Beyond Body, Space & Time(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
CLI-FI: Canadian Tales of Climate Change(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Place: 150 Years Retold(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Burning Cold: An Indigenous Comics Collection from the North(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Richard Van Camp

A Dogrib Tłı̨chǫ writer, the novelist Richard Van Camp hails from Canada and is an international bestselling author worldwide. One of the best storytellers within his field and at large, his writing essentially speaks for itself, fully standing out from the page. Writing in a manner that immediately delivers, he knows what he’s trying to say, giving readers precisely what they want. A hugely versatile writer, he’s created work in numerous different mediums, from adult novels to children’s stories, along with short stories and graphic novels.

Often writing about his own cultural roots and upbringing, Richard Van Camp puts a lot of his own experiences into his work. His approach has seen him bring an exciting perspective to the forefront, allowing his work and writing to really shine. Knowing and understanding his readership well, he imparts his own ideas, providing a solid singular message through his stories. Setting himself apart with his writing, he really gets to the heart of some contemporary themes and concepts, resonating with a worldwide audience.

Over the years, he’s also created a colorful cast of characters, with many different personalities leaping out from the page. His characters resonate with readers from all over, as the universal nature of his work ensures his writing stands out. Speaking directly, he ultimately allows his characters to speak from themselves, as they communicate directly with the reader. With so much more to come, too, he is not finishing any time soon either, as his writing career continues to grow.

Early and Personal Life

Born in 1971 on the 8th of September, Richard Van Camp grew up in Fort Smith in the North-Western territories of Canada. Growing up with a keen devotion to the written word, he would develop his voice as a writer over time, finding what it was he wanted to say. This passion for writing would continue throughout his schooling and further education as he’d refine and hone his voice.

He would graduate from the En’owkin International School of Writing Creative Writing BFA Program at the University of Victoria. Following this, he would receive a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, later going on to teach creative writing with an aboriginal focus there himself. He is still teaching and writing to this very day and has lots more to come yet, with further titles planned for the near future.

Writing Career

Starting his career working in television, Richard Van Camp would begin by working on the TV series ‘North of 60’ as an intern for CBC. Working with the writing staff there, he was a consultant for some time, providing assistance for over four seasons of the show. Publishing a number of short-story collections, he’s also written novellas and novels, one of which was notably ‘The Lesser Blessed’ in 1996.

This novel would go on to be adapted for the big screen, with a Canadian film of the book being released in 2012. He’s also produced a number of graphic novels too, the first of which was titled ‘The Path of the Warrior’ published back in 2010. Winning various awards for his work, including the ‘Georges Bugnet Award’ twice, he’s gained critical acclaim too, being shortlisted and nominated on many occasions as well.

The Lesser Blessed

First released back in 1996 through the ‘Douglas and McIntyre’ publishing imprint, this would initially arrive on the 6th of April. A stand-alone title, it would focus on the lives of teenagers, as Richard Van Camp drew from his adolescence growing up. There are some serious themes and subject matter dealt with here, but it’s a strong fiction novel debut for Camp as an author.

Charting the life of a Tłı̨chǫ teenager, this sees Larry Sole living in the fictional setting of Fort Simmer, as he goes on to befriend newcomer Johnny Beck. Opening up to Johnny, he reveals that his father was an abusive rapist who made him suffer during his time living in Fort Rae. Then there’s Darcy, who’s seen to be Larry’s arch-nemesis, as Darcy discovers the truth of Larry’s past, tormenting him with it in the process. Possibly interested in Juliet Hope, Larry becomes jealous of her potential relationship with Johnny, while Darcy also shows interest in her, being jealous of her and Larry’s time together.

With a big-screen adaptation of the novel coming out in 2012, it’s easy to see why so many took to the story upon its initial release. Dealing with the realities of growing up in a stark manner, the book definitely doesn’t hold back, making for a highly compelling read. There’s a lot to engage with here, as it’s a strong story with a self-contained narrative that wraps everything up neatly.

The Moon of Letting Go

Fully titled ‘The Moon of Letting Go: and Other Stories,’ this would first come out in 2009 on the 1st of September. Providing a number of short stories, it offers a fully rounded collection, providing both humor as well as heart. Coming out through the ‘Enfield Wizenty’ publishing house, this would be set in the Northwest Territories, Vancouver, in Canada.

Following in the tradition of Aboriginal stories, this looks at the many contemporary rituals that hark back to the Dogrib ancestry. Looking at his own roots, Camp uses a variety of different voices to help himself understand his past with this collection of short stories. An aggressive gangster from the First Nations experiences a spiritual breakthrough, while a single mother gains protection from a medicine man after being targeted by her ex. Then there’s a gang of men who decide to streak through their home-town to honor their friend, with the stories all being set in the First Nations communities.

The stories themselves are exceptionally well told, with a diverse range of voices and styles, bringing in plenty of surprises along the way. As an anthology, it’s well compiled, with an expert sense of pacing, as each of the stories compliments each other perfectly. Providing insight into a range of different lives, this really works on numerous different levels for readers around the world.

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