Richard Van Camp

Richard Van Camp, the eldest of four boys, is a member of the Dogrib nation from Canada's Northwest Territories. He graduated from the University of Victoria and the En'owkin International School of Writing.
Angel Wing Splash Pattern
Format: Paperback
  • Richard Van Camp is one of the "most promising" young writers in Canada. In this first collection of short stories, Richard demonstrates the range of his talent and the pursuit of excellence in his craft as a writer and storyteller. Honoring his Dogrib ancestry and celebrating life in northern Canada, the stories in Angel Wing Splash Pattern are playful, moving, and starkly honest in their portrayal of contemporary Native life. Angel Wing Splash Pattern also explores the healing going on in Indian country. There is pain in these stories and there is loss. there is death, but there is also rebirth, and there is always the search from each of the narrators for personal truth. Readers will recognize Larry Sole from The Lesser Blessed in his story "How I Saved Christmas", but there are new voices here, new secrets, from new characters in communities across the north and the south, yet they are all linked by themes of hope, the spirit of friendship, and hunger.

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Godless But Loyal to Heaven
Format: Paperback
  • In Richard Van Camp's fictionalized north anything can happen and yet each story is rooted in a vivid contemporary reality. The stories offer a potent mix of tropes from science fiction, horror, Western and Aboriginal traditions. The title story pits Torchy against Smith Squad, fighting for love and family in a bloody, cathartic, and ultimately hopeful narrative. Van Camp's characters repeatedly confront the bleakness of sexual assault, substance addiction and violence with the joy and humour of inspired storytelling.

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Night Moves
Traditional Territory: Dene
Format: Paperback
  • As a window into the magic and medicine of the Northwest Territories, Richard Van Camp's fourth short story collection is hilarious and heartbreaking. A teenaged boy confesses to a vicious assault on a cross-dressing classmate; Lance tells the sensual story of becoming much closer to his wife's dear friend Juanita; while a reluctant giant catches up with gangsters Torchy and Sfen in a story with shades of supernatural and earthly menace.

    Night Moves continues to explore the incredible lives of indigenous characters introduced in The Lesser Blessed, Angel Wing Splash Pattern, The Moon of Letting Go, and Godless but Loyal to Heaven. If this is your first time to Fort Simmer and Fort Smith, welcome. If it's another visit - come on in: we've left the lights on for you.

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Welcome Song For Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns
Format: Board Book
  • From renowned First Nations storyteller, Richard Van Camp comes a lyrical Lullaby for newborns. Complemented with stunning photographs, this evocative board book is perfectly suited as a first book for every baby.

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Spirit (English/Cree)
Format: Paperback
  • Spirit focuses on the importance of relationships and how a loving, caring family can support positive mental health. It brings awareness to the challenges of depression and mental health and encourages the reader to reach out to those who are suffering and help them rediscover their value and worth.

    “I was devastated to read of a young man taking his life some time ago in one of our northern communities because of bullying and I immediately wrote down what I wished for him: I wished that in his final hours that there was a way to show him how much he was loved, cherished, adored, admired, believed in. And I saw, in that moment, a spirit of pure love and innocence coming to him to hold him.”

    “I hope everyone who reads it is reminded of how precious they are and how we need everyone healthy and everyone strong. We all need and deserve support for who we are and where we are at in our lives,” he continued. “I pray it creates courageous conversations and gets people asking for the help they need if they need it.” --Richard Van Camp

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The Debwe Series: Three Feathers
Traditional Territory: Tlicho
Format: Paperback
  • Three young men—Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert—have vandalized their community and are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But, when they do return, will they be forgiven for what they’ve done?

    Three Feathers explores the power and grace of restorative justice in one Northern community and the cultural legacy that can empower future generations.

    Three Feathers is the third title in The Debwe Series. Created in the spirit of the Anishinaabe concept debwe (to speak the truth), The Debwe Series is a collection of exceptional Aboriginal writings from across Canada.

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The Lesser Blessed
Format: Paperback
  • The Lesser Blessed is a powerful coming-of-age story - edgy, stark, and at times, darkly funny that centers around Larry, a Native teenager trying to cope with a painful past and find his place in a confusing and stressful modern world. Skinny as spaghetti, nervy, and self-deprecating, the 16-year-old is an appealing mixture of bravado and vulnerability. His life has held many terrors: an abusive father, blackouts from sniffing gasoline, and an accident that killed several cousins. He has a quick tongue, hallucinations, an appreciation for Iron Maiden, and hot fantasies about Juliet Hope, the school tramp.Eventually, through his friendship with Johnny Beck, a Native from another Nation, Larry develops an expanded world consciousness and a stability that helps him face his dark memories - and create a brighter future.

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The Moon of Letting Go and Other Stories
Format: Paperback
  • The short stories celebrate healing through modern day rituals that honour ancestry. Powerful voices are spoken, a violent aboriginal gangster has an astonishing spiritual experience, a single mother is protected, and a group of young men pay tribute to a friend. Stories are set in the NWT, Vancouver, and rural BC.

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A Man Called Raven
Format: Paperback
  • A man appears to two boys who have injured a raven & tells them the story of the terrible consequences that befell a man who did the same thing.

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Little You
Traditional Territory: Dogrib
Format: Board Book
  • Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of the hugely successful Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, has partnered with talented illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender board book for babies and toddlers that honors the child in everyone. With its delightful contemporary illustrations, Little You is perfect to be shared, read or sung to all the little people in your life—and the new little ones on the way!

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Nighty Night
Format: Board Book
  • Nighty-Night is a lullabye for everyone to enjoy in the twilight hours before bedtime. Richard's soothing, rhythmic style is perfect for shared reading, and each stanza is accompanied by warm and lovable photographs of toddlers and parents/guardians in various stages of bedtime preparation.


    This beautiful board book is sure to be a hit with parents, grandparents, caregivers, and Early Childhood Educators. A truly lovely addition to any bedtime (or naptime) collection!

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The Debwe Series: A Blanket of Butterflies
Traditional Territory: Dene
Format: Paperback
  • A Blanket of Butterflies explores the journey of Shinobu, a mysterious stranger who visits Fort Smith, NWT, to retrieve his family’s samurai suit of armor and sword from the museum. When he discovers that his grandfather’s sword has been lost in a poker game to the man they call “Benny
    the Bank,” he sets out to retrieve it, with the help of a young boy, Sonny, and his grandmother. Together, they face Benny and his men, Torchy, Sfen and the giant they call Flinch. This graphic novel, beautifully illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, explores the grace of family and the power of
    the Great Mystery.

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We Sang You Home
Traditional Territory: Dene
Format: Paperback
  • In this sweet and lyrical board book from the creators of the bestselling Little You, gentle rhyming text captures the wonder new parents feel as they welcome baby into the world. A celebration of the bond between parent and child, this is the perfect song to share with your little ones.
    Internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author Richard Van Camp teams up with award-winning illustrator Julie Flett for a second time to create a stunning board book for babies and toddlers.

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