Richard B. Wright, Governor General Award Winning Alumni Author, 1937-2017

Photo of Richard B. Wright from Simon and Schuster.We are sad to learn that alumnus Richard B. Wright '70 has passed away.

Wright was the author of fifteen novels and won the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, and the CBA Libris Awards for Author and Book of the Year. His most recent novel was the critically acclaimed Nightfall.

His novels have been, and continue to be, published all around the world. In 2006, Wright received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Trent University, and in 2007 he became a member of the Order of Canada.

Wright was a school favourite, teaching English at Ridley College (St. Catherines, ON) from 1976 to 1980 and again from 1986 to 2001. As holder of Ridley's first Cronyn Chair, Richard made a tremendous impact, establishing Voices (the literary journal) as well as the Literary Dinner.

TRENT Magazine and The Trent Voices podcast had made arrangements for a feature interview with Wright last summer. Due to health reasons, we never had the opportunity. Instead, we'd like to share Richard answering some questions on CBC's The Next Chapter.

Ridley College posted an obituary of Wright, including him as a Ridleian of distinction.


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