The Edmonton Journal is reporting that Robert Kroetsch has died. The distinguished Alberta author, who won the Governor General’s Literary Award for the novel The Studhorse Man (1969), was returning from a literary festival in Canmore, Alberta, on Tuesday night when he died in a highway accident. He was 83.
Kroetsch was returning to his home in Leduc from the Artspeak Festival in Canmore Tuesday when the two-car collision occurred near Drumheller on Highway 21. Three other people were hospitalized, according to Cathie Crooks, marketing manager for University of Alberta Press, Kroetsch’s publisher.
Kroetsch was recently recognized with a lieutenant-governor’s Alberta Distinguished Artist award and, just two weeks ago, with a Golden Pen Award from the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.