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Richard Van Camp wins 2020 Alberta Literary Award for ‘Moccasin Square Gardens’


Richard Van Camp has taken home the 2020 Alberta Literary Awards for Fiction for his short story collection Moccasin Square Gardens. Shamans, con artists, activists, and time-travelling goddess-warriors all inhabit the book.

As stated by the Alberta Literary Award jury, “Van Camp is a master at equally balancing the comic, the tragic, the speculative, the fantastic and the real in this sublime short story collection. This collection is enthralling, exciting, and wholly original – this is a vital book”.

Richard Van Camp spoke more about writing, this new award, and Moccasin Square Gardens with Tony King:

Moccasin Square Gardens is the nickname of a dance hall in the town of Fort Smith that serves as a meeting place for a small but diverse community. To learn more about the short story collection, or purchase your own copy visit the website of local books store Shelf Life Books or the book publisher Douglas & McIntyre.