Thursday, May 15, 2014
RIP Farley Mowat
Mowat was a prolific author with over 40 books to his credit including People of the Deer, No Man’s River, Born Naked, and Owls in the Family. His bestseller, Never Cry Wolf: Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves was made into a feature film by Disney in 1983.
Mowat started writing early in his life, penning a regular column on birds for the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. He later started his own newsletter, Nature Lore.
During his long career, Mowat received numerous awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Governor General’s Award. In 2012, he was given a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Mowat passed away on May 6th, and a private funeral was held on Tuesday May 13th in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.
In 2012, Canadian publisher Douglas & McIntyre announced plans to create the Farley Mowat Library series that would re-release many of his most popular titles with new cover designs and introductions.
Mowat’s claim to “never let the facts get in the way of the truth” earned him praise and criticism but his books remain a great resource of wildlife stories and nature lore.