Armand Ruffo, the Queen’s National Scholar in Indigenous Languages and Literatures, is in the running for a Governor General’s Literary Award it was announced Wednesday.
Mr. Ruffo is a finalist in the non-fiction category for his work Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird, a biography of the innovative and controversial Ojibway painter.
Mr. Ruffo, who teaches in the Department of English Language and Literature and Department of Drama, says he is surprised by the nomination and considers it an honour to be included among “such fine writers.”
“Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird took numerous years to write because of the huge amount of primary research that I had to do, and the way that I wanted to integrate this material into a compelling narrative, and so it is wonderful to hear that the book may not simply fall into the proverbial ‘big black hole’ and disappear quickly from sight,” he says. “Ultimately, it’s the writing that matters, and I think the nomination should help the book come to the attention of potential readers, and for a writer – at least for me – this is the best thing about the nomination.”