An internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author, Richard Van Camp was born in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, and is a member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Dene Nation. He acted as a cultural consultant for CBC Television's North of 60. A graduate of the En'owkin School of Writing in Penticton, he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing at the University of Victoria and completed his Master's of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. His new baby book Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns is the official selection of the Books for BC Babies program and was given to every newborn baby in British Columbia in 2008. Richard was awarded Storyteller of the Year for both Canada and the US by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.
In this powerful and very funny debut novel, author Richard Van
Camp gives us one of the most original teenage characters in
Canadian fiction... The Lesser Blessed is an eye-opening depiction
of what it is to be a young Dogrib man in the age of AIDS,
disillusionment with Catholicism, and a growing world
consciousness. This 20th anniversary edition of a true Canadian
literary classic from Douglas & McIntyre is unreservedly
recommended.-- "Midwest Book Review"
Its halcyon moments are cigarette scorched, and it has teeth--lots of them. The Lesser Blessed stood apart in 1996, and there has yet to be anything like it.-- "Booklist"