2013 Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Recipient | Guy Vanderhaeghe, Saskatoon

Guy Vanderhaeghe, Saskatoon

Born and raised in Esterhazy, Guy Vanderhaeghe earned a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Saskatchewan before graduating with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina. His first book, Man Descending, won the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the UK's Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. His novel, The Englishman's Boy, which was shortlisted for both the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize, won a Governor General's Award and several Saskatchewan Book Awards, and was adapted into a successful two-part CBC miniseries. His play, I Had a Job I Liked, Once, won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Drama, and his novel, Homesick, was a co-winner of the City of Toronto Book Prize. The Last Crossing, also a novel, was winner of CBC's Canada Reads Competition, the Canadian Booksellers Libris Award, and three Saskatchewan Book Awards. Vanderhaeghe has also received the Timothy Findley Prize, the Harbourfront Literary Prize, and the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence; all three acknowledging his extensive body of work. His latest novel, A Good Man, was shortlisted for the 2012 David J. Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction, and was longlisted for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Vanderhaeghe is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and he was also appointed a fellow of the Trudeau Foundation from 2008 through 2011. Known as one of Canada's finest authors, he balances a full-time writing career with teaching, and is the St. Thomas More Scholar at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.

Photo courtesy of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation