Honorary Degrees

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Name: David Carpenter
Convocation date: June 5, 2018
Discipline / contribution: literature
Citation / biographical information:
David Carpenter is an award-winning writer
and editor. His works, which include novels,
novellas, short stories, essays and poetry,
often focus on nature and Western Canada.
Mr. Carpenter's grandparents on both
sides of the family moved from Ontario to
Saskatchewan in 1905. His father was born
in Regina and his mother in Saskatoon. Paul
Carpenter and Marge Parkin first connected at
the University of Saskatchewan in 1929. They
met regularly for coffee in the shady arbour
between Qu'Appelle and Saskatchewan Hall
residences.
David was conceived in Saskatoon, born
in Edmonton, and raised on Saskatchewan
stories. His first big job was in the Department
of English at the University of Saskatchewan.-
He likens this return to the home of his
parents to a salmon seeking out the feeder
stream of his birth. (His fishing buddies do not
encourage this myth.)
Mr. Carpenter began writing as a translator,
reviewer and scholar. Inspired by a reading
from the writers of the Moose Jaw Movement,
he began writing his own work. This change
in direction was impelled by subsequent
workshops with Robert Kroetsch and Jack
Hodgins at Fort San. His fiction began to
emerge in 1980 with a series of stories in
Saturday Night. His fourteen books include five
novels, three collections of short stories, four
books of nonfiction and a book of poems.
He is the editor of the three-volume Literary
History of Saskatchewan. As well, he joined
forces with a Cree trapper from Northern
Saskatchewan to bring out The Education of
Augie Merasty.
Mr. Carpenter is the recipient of the
Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, the
Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence,
The.Library Association's One Book, One
Province Award, the City of Edmonton Book
Award, the SBA's Book of the Year Award,
and the CODE Book Award for Humanitarian
Writing. His latest work is The Gold, a novel
about prospecting around Yellowknife in the
1930s.
His writing credo is as follows: Most writers
must learn to make a pact with dullness. Not
boredom or lack of imagination or passion,
but dullness of routine. Do your research, keep
your daily appointment with the computer
screen, and keep your ass on the chair until
you've reached your daily quota. However rich
your inner life may be, seek also the dullard
within.
Degree received: Doctor of Letters

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