Richard Van Camp unveils his graphic novel ‘A Blanket of Butterflies’

Here’s my chat with Richard Van Camp about his graphic novel A Blanket of Butterflies. This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. And the podcast is also available on YouTube. Please like and subscribe to that video channel.

Ricard is a proud member of the Tłı̨chǫ Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He is the author of more than 25 books including The Lesser Blessed (also a feature film), the Eisner Award–nominated graphic novel A Blanket of Butterflies (with Scott B. Henderson) and Three Feathers (also a feature film). He is a contributor to the groundbreaking graphic novel anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold. Richard is also the author of five collections of short stories, including Night Moves, and six baby books, including the award-winning Little You (with Julie Flett).

Now released by HighWater Press in a full-colour edition with additional cultural context about the experiences of Indigenous and Japanese-Canadian people during the Second World War, A Blanket of Butterflies is Volume 1 in ‘The Spirit of Denendeh’ series. The story follows a young Tłı̨chǫ Dene boy from Fort Smith, NWT (Van Camp’s hometown), who helps a Japanese man reclaim his grandfather’s lost samurai sword and armour.

You can discover more about Richard on Twitter and Instagram at @RichardVanCamp and online at


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