August 10, 2018 1:34 pm

Margaret Laurence recognized with ceremony, plaque at home in Neepawa, Man.

Author Margaret Laurence at her home in Lakefield, Ontario on April 11, 1974.

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A Canadian literary icon was honoured Friday with a plaque at her former home in Neepawa on Friday.

The plaque was unveiled at Margaret Laurence House, a museum to honour and remember the significant contributions author Margaret Laurence made during her career.

“Laurence contributed to Canada’s ‘literary renaissance’ during the 1960s and 1970s,” reads a statement from the federal government.

“She made significant contributions to Canadian writing through her efforts to establish the Writers’ Trust of Canada and the Writers’ Union of Canada and through her personal support for many writers until her death in 1987.”

Margaret Laurence wrote several influential books.

The Canadian Press

Some of her best-known literary works include The Stone Angel, A Jest of God and The Diviners.

“Her best-known works, set in the fictional town of Manawaka, revealed her feminist voice by placing strong women at the centre of each of her novels, and helped establish the Canadian prairie as a literary setting,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister responsible for Parks Canada, who represented the federal government at the event.

“Historic designations reflect Canada’s rich and varied history and I encourage all Canadians to learn more about Margaret Laurence and her important contributions to Canada’s heritage.”

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