Who is David Adams Richards, and what has he contributed to Canadian literature?

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David Adams Richards is a recognized Canadian writer who was inspired to write by such titles as Oliver Twist and includes Emily Bronte and Leo Tolstoy as among his influences. By the age of twenty he had already written his first novel, The Keeping of Gusties, and he would go on to receive numerous awards, notably the coveted Governor General of Canada award. He is one of only three writers to receive the award for his contributions to both fiction and non-fiction with his Nights Below Station Street (part of the Miramichi Trilogy) in the fiction category (1988) and Lines on the Water for non-fiction.  The award was created and made famous by John Buchan, himself a novelist, and the fifteenth Governor of Canada, best known for The Thirty-Nine Steps, which became world-renown after the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film adaptation and several remakes since.

Richards has published books of poetry and is also a screenwriter, adapting some of his novels for television. In 1997, a feature film of Nights Below Station Street was made followed by The Bay of Love and Sorrows in 1998. He has won several other Canadian awards including the Canada-Australia Literary Prize in 1992 for his work, bringing more attention to Canadian literature. He prides himself on his small town approach to many global themes, proving that it is possible to use localized subjects and maintain relevance on a larger scale.

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