Several writers were honored recently with appointments to the Order of Canada, which recognizes "outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation," including Alberto Manguel, who was named an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General Julie Payette for "contributing to our knowledge and understanding of literature as an anthologist, translator, editor and novelist."
Other O.C. recipients included Lee Maracle for her "contributions to Canada's literary landscape and for her influential voice in cultural relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada," and Émile Martel for his "devotion to promoting and expanding Canada's cultural horizons as a diplomat and as an award-winning author, and for his sustained promotion of freedom of expression."
Members of the Order of Canada (M.C.) inductees included Marilyn Baillie for "her contributions to children’s literature, education and the arts in Canada," Michel Noël for his "promotion of Indigenous culture as a writer and government official, and for his work to improve cultural exchange in Canada," and Christl Verduyn for her "contributions to Canadian studies, notably as a professor and author, and for her commitment to making Canadian literature accessible to a broader audience."