"I write and I read in order to hold another human being close. As a writer it is an absolute privilege, a privilege I have never taken for granted, to spend two, or three, or four hundred pages in the company of a reader. To hold close with the reader through perilous territory. For that is one aim I have always had: to travel, in the company of a reader, through territory that is philosophically, morally, and emotionally perilous. Never reducing the complexity of historical event, and never publishing if I have not in some way been able to deliver the reader, and myself, to the other side. My work is concerned with history, with ways of thinking about history, that there is nothing a man will not do to another, nothing a man will not do for another. And what love makes us capable of, and incapable of. This has always been the territory of my books." - Anne Michaels
Tonight, the University of Victoria awarded Anne Michaels with an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree.