Patrick Lane, Governor General's Award-winning author, dies at 79

We are saddened by the loss of award-winning poet and novelist, Patrick Lane, a gifted and prolific Canadian author. Lane's career spanned 50 years and included 25 volumes of poetry and books of fiction and non-fiction. His publisher, McLelland & Stewart, called Lane "one of Canada's most renowned writers," and Shelagh Rogers of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter referred to him as "a giant of Canadian letters."

Lane's accolades include the Governor General's Award for Poetry for Poems, New and Selected, the Canadian Authors Association Award, and three National Magazine Awards. In 2014, Patrick Lane was presented with the Order of Canada, honouring his more than 50-year contribution to Canadian literature. 

Lane was born in 1939, in Nelson B.C., and started writing poetry in his twenties after a short career working in the logging industry in the rugged interior of B.C. His first book, Letters from the Savage Mind, was published in 1966. He had lived around the world and his writing was published globally in Europe, South America, and Asia. He was a writer in residence and teacher at Concordia University, the University of Victoria, and the University of Toronto. Lane and his wife, poet Lorna Crozier, lived in Regina and Saskatoon from the late 1970s to 1991 and he also taught at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1990, Lane published a collection of poetry, Winter, with Coteau Books. At the time of his death, Patrick Lane lived near Victoria, BC, with Crozier.

We offer our condolences to Lane's many readers, Lorna Crozier, and his family.

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