Alumnus wins Governor General's Literary Award

Posted: November 19, 2012 10:00 a.m.

Author and University of Regina Alumnus Dr. Ross King
Author and University of Regina Alumnus Dr. Ross King Photo: Edward Allen

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced that alumnus Dr. Ross King is one of its 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award recipients.

Each year, approximately 1,600 books are submitted by English and French-language publishers representing Canadian authors, translators and illustrators in seven categories: fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation.

King has been recognized in the non-fiction category for his most recent book, entitled Leonardo and the Last Supper, which tells the story behind the creation of one of the world’s most famous paintings.

This marks the second time that King has received the Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction.  He first received the award in 2006 for The Judgment of Paris, and he received the 2011 Charles Taylor prize for Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven.  He has also written books about notable historic figures such as Machiavelli, Michelangelo and Brunelleschi.  His work has been nominated for a National Book Critics' Circle Award and the National Award for Arts Writing.

“I'm delighted to be yet another Saskatchewan-born and -raised author to win a GG,” says King.

King was born in Estevan and raised in the nearby community of North Portal, Saskatchewan.

He went on to complete both his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Regina, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1983 and a Master of Arts in English in 1986.  He completed his PhD in 1992 at York University before moving to England to take on a research fellowship at London's University College.  He received an honorary degree from the University of Regina earlier this year.

You can watch a video of King speaking about Leonardo and the Last Supper at the University’s official blog: