Saturday, 21 September 2013

Richard Wagamese

Richard Wagamese is special to me!
John and I have read together some of his books and loved every word.
Richard has the warmest spirit and lifts humanity to a whole new level.

Before our son died this summer, John and I took turns recording "One Native Life"- the biography of Richard.  Our son enjoyed listening to our voices when we couldn't be with him, and he really related to the book.  Rob also loved nature and was a gentle spirit.

Imagine our delight when we had a chance to hear Richard when he spoke at our local "One Book One Community" event.  He talked not only about his book, but stories about his life. What an inspiration!
At the book signing, I was asked to pose with Richard.

Richard felt the basic theme of his book is 'the idea of home'- not bricks and mortar, but the truth that you carry with you.
The novel showed that every homeless person has a 'story', something that caused a lack of connection with self.
Richard had been homeless for many years and wrote this book to say good-bye to that part of his past.
Richard embraces all of humanity and we could see many connections to our son.
We were delighted to meet him.

1 comment:

  1. Wow - what a beautiful message. I found Richard's book For Joshua intensely moving and so very human! I look forward to checking off more of his literature from my "To Read" list. :-)