UWaterloo English professor Linda Warley and Candida Rifkind of Wilfrid Laurier University have won the 2016 Gabrielle Roy Prize for their co-edited essay collection Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives. The collection's contributors draw on literary theory, visual studies, and cultural history to show how Canadian cartoonists have become so prominent in the international market for comic books based on real-life experiences. The essays also considers the role of graphic life narratives in reimagining the national past, including Indigenous–settler relations, both world wars, and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution.
The Gabrielle Roy Prize is awarded by the The Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures for the best book-length study in Canadian and Québec literary criticism. The prize jury called Canadian Graphic “ground-breaking … both a stimulating read and an important scholarly achievement.”
This is the second year in a row that a UWaterloo English faculty member has won the Gabrielle Roy Prize. Last year's prize was won by Winfried Siemerling for his book The Black Atlantic Reconsidered.