The Lesser Blessed was first published by Douglas and McIntyre in 2004. Written by Tlicho author Richard Van Camp the novel addressed the coming of age story of 16-year old highschool student Larry Sole. Living in the small northern town Fort Simmer, Larry deals with family pain and dark secrets as well as drug abuse, violence, and what it means in the modern world. Richard Van Camp's compelling first novel deals with a northern reality with dark humour and explicit dialogue. Sensitive readers should be aware of mature themes and language. The Lesser Blessed has been selected in the Young Adult/Adult Category Longlist for First Nation Communities READ 2017.