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Thomas King, Linda Leith among literary figures to receive 2020 Order of Canada

Linda Leith (Judith Lermer Crawley)

Governor General Julie Payette announced this year’s recipients of the Order of Canada on Nov. 27. Among the 114 new appointees were members of the Canadian literary community, including these five figures familiar to readers of Q&Q.

Thomas King, C.C.
Guelph, Ontario

The cultural critic and bestselling author of The Inconvenient Indian and this year’s novel Indians on Vacation was promoted to the office of Companion, the highest rank within the Order.

Linda Jane Leith, O.C.
Westmount, Quebec

The Montreal publisher and founder of the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival was celebrated for bridging the anglophone and francophone literary communities as one of 21 recipients to be appointed Officer.

Jean Marc Dalpé, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

The three-time Governor General’s Literary Award–winning playwright is one of 84 Canadians to receive the title of Member.

Sandra Djwa, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia

The acclaimed biographer of F.R. Scott, Roy Daniells, and P.K. Page was also acknowledged as a Member for her work as a critic and for her 37-year career teaching at Simon Fraser University.

Sarah Milroy, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

The celebrated art critic was honoured as a Member for her body of work. Her next book, Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment, will be published by Figure 1 Publishing this summer.