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William New

William New (poet, children's writer, literary critic; b Vancouver 1938) was educated at UBC in English and Geography (BEd 1961, MA 1963) and ULeeds (PhD 1966). He taught at UBC (1965-2003), specializing in the English literatures of the Commonwealth; edited Canadian Literature (1977-95); and frequently lectured abroad. Named FRSC (1986) and McLean Chair in Canadian Studies (1995-6), he became University Killam Professor in 2001 and was named Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006. Author of numerous essays and 50+ books, he is currently preparing another poetry collection and a sixth book for children.

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Underwood Log. Lantzville: Oolichan, 2004.
Riverbook and Ocean. Lantzville: Oolichan, 2002.
Grandchild of Empire. Vancouver: Ronsdale, 2003.
A History of Canadian Literature. 2nd ed. Montreal: McGill-Queen's UP, 2003.
Llamas in the Laundry. illus. Vivian Bevis. Vancouver: Ronsdale, 2002.
The Year I Was Grounded. Tradewind, 2009
Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada (editor). Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2002
YVR. Oolichan, 2011
Sam Swallow and the Riddleworld League. Tradewind, 2013


Shortlisted, Governor-General's Award for Poetry for Underwood Log, 2005.
Lorne Pierce Medal, 2004.
Governor General's International Award in Canadian Studies, 2004.
CUFA (BC) Career Achievement Award, 2001.
Assoc. of Canadian Studies Award of Merit, 2000.
Honour Book, Lion & Unicorn Award for The Year I Was Grounded, 2010
City of Vancouver Book Award for YVR, 2012
Mayor's Arts Award for Literary Arts (Vancouver), 2012
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal, 2012
george woodcock lifetime achievement award, 2013
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