TORONTO — Award-winning poet and novelist Patrick Lane has died at age 79.
Publisher McClelland & Stewart made the announcement Thursday evening, calling Lane “one of Canada’s most renowned writers.”
We are deeply saddened by the passing of beloved writer Patrick Lane. Patrick will be remembered as a writer of enormous empathy and humanity, and we are fortunate to be able to continue to learn from him through his beautiful and wise books. pic.twitter.com/nKYmxD8NyW
— McClelland & Stewart (@McClellandBooks) March 8, 2019
His accolades include the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Canadian Authors Association Award and three National Magazine Awards.
Lane’s website says his career spanned 50 years and included 25 volumes of poetry and award-winning books of fiction and non-fiction.
He was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2014, and had been a writer-in-residence and teacher at several universities.
Born in Nelson, B.C., in 1939, Lane lived near Victoria with his wife, poet Lorna Crozier.
THE CANADIAN PRESS