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Acclaimed Fort Smith-born author Richard Van Camp has been named the recipient of an Alberta Literary Award for Moccasin Square Gardens, a collection of short stories published last year by the Tlicho wordsmith.

Moccasin Square Gardens, named after the moniker given to a dance hall in Van Camp’s home town, picked up the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction.

Set in Denendeh, the book brings to life the “shifting and magical nature of the North,” following a diverse cast of characters while marrying elements of comedy and drama, according to publisher Douglas & McIntyre.

Van Camp, who has written two dozen books over the course of his illustrious 23-year-career, spoke with NNSL Media earlier this year about his latest project, dubbed Wheetago War.

It’s set to be released this spring.

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