“The characters are my main concern, and the constant war waged between the need for human altruism and the search for individual power.” DAR

David Adams Richards, (born 17 October 1950) is a Canadian novelist, essayist, screenwriter and poet.

Born in Newcastle, New Brunswick, Richards attended St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Richards has been a writer-in-residence at various universities and colleges across Canada, including the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University.

Richards has received numerous awards including 2 Gemini Awards for scriptwriting for Small Gifts and “For Those Who Hunt The Wounded Down”, the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the Canadian Authors Association Award for his novel Evening Snow Will Bring Such Peace. Richards is one of only three writers to have won in both the fiction and non-fiction categories of the Governor General’s Award. He won the 1988 fiction award for Nights Below Station Street and the 1998 non-fiction award for Lines on the Water: A Fisherman’s Life on the Miramichi. He was also a co-winner of the 2000 Giller Prize for Mercy Among the Children. In 2009, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada “for his contributions to the Canadian literary scene as an essayist, screenwriter and writer of fiction and non-fiction”. In 2011 he received the Matt Cohen Prize.

In 1971, he married Peggy with whom he has two sons, John Thomas Richards and Anton Richards, and reside in Fredericton as of December 2012. He and Peggy recently became grandparents to a beautiful baby girl.

The Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick administers an annual David Adams Richards Prize for Fiction.

Richards’ papers are currently housed at the University of New Brunswick.

In 2014, the Halifax singer-songwriter Dan MacCormack released an album of songs inspired by Richards’ novels, called Symphony of Ghosts. The title was taken from a line in Mercy Among the Children.

Note, David has long admired the great Russian writers, along with Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Thomas Hardy and James Joyce.