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Revered in Canadian literary circles, Graeme Gibson has passed away at the age of 85. Gibson published several novels starting with Five Legs in 1969, and works of non-fiction that focussed on his passion for nature, especially birdwatching. He firmly believed that humans needed to connect to nature in their lives, and wanted to help readers "recover an elementary level of respect" for the natural world.
Gibson may have had wider recognition as the beloved long-time partner to Margaret Atwood, and as an activist in the Canadian literary world. He co-founded the Writers' Trust of Canada and Writers' Union of Canada, and he served as president of PEN Canada. Gibson was a member of the Order of Canada, and received many lifetime achievement awards for his writing and advocacy, including the Harbourfront Festival Prize.
His last days were with dementia, something his family and Atwood have been honest about, but his legacy is one that was "wise, ethical and committed...."