Historian and Trent Alumnus Bill Waiser has won the Governor General's Literary Award for non-fiction for his new book, A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905. For more on the win, please see coverage by CBC and Global News.
Prof. Bill Waiser is a distinguished professor emeritus and former A.S. Morton Research Chair at the University of Saskatchewan. He has published over a dozen books, including Loyal till Death: Indians and the North-West Rebellion, with Blair Stonechild, a finalist for the 1997 Governor General’s literary award for non-fiction. Other works include His All Hell Can’t Stop Us: The On-to-Ottawa Trek, and Regina Riot, winner of the 2003 Saskatchewan Book Award for non-fiction. He is best known for his centennial history of the province, Saskatchewan: A New History. His most 2001 book, Tommy’s Team, was a shortlist finalist for the Canadian Authors Association best book in Canadian History. Prof. Waiser has been awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and granted a D.Litt.
A World We Have Lost examines the early history of Saskatchewan through an Aboriginal and environmental lens. The Governor General Award jury notes: "From its first page, Bill Waiser’s A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 surprises the reader with its reconsideration of Canada. In a sweeping blend of narrative, historical detail, and compelling images, Waiser refocuses the country’s story by putting Indigenous peoples and environmental concerns in the foreground."
Look for an excerpt from A World We Have Lost in the Spring edition of TRENT Magazine. We are planning a special podcast interview with Prof. Waiser to be broadcast at a future date.
Please find more about Prof. Waiser at his website.