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Tasha Spillett -- Book Launch

Thursday Dec 06 2018 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

Launch of Surviving the City (HighWater Press), illustrated by Natasha Donovan.

Tasha Spillett’s graphic-novel debut tells a story of kinship, resilience, cultural resurgence, and the anguish of a missing loved one. Miikwan and Dez are best friends - together, the teens navigate the challenges of being Indigenous in an urban landscape. When Dez’s grandmother becomes too sick, Dez is told she can’t stay with her anymore. With the threat of a group home looming, Dez can’t bring herself to go home and disappears. Miikwan is devastated, and the wound of her missing mother is reopened. Will Dez’s community find her before it’s too late? Will Miikwan be able to cope if they don’t?

Though illustrator Natasha Donovan will not be present for the launch, her contributions will be celebrated.

Tasha Spillett draws her strength from both her Nehiyaw and Trinidadian bloodlines. She is a celebrated educator, poet, and emerging scholar. Tasha is most heart-tied to contributing to community-led work that centres on land and water defence, and the protection of Indigenous women and girls. Tasha is currently working on her PhD in Education through the University of Saskatchewan, where she holds a Vanier Canada Award. 

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Surviving the City

- by Tasha Spillett

Young adult softcover $18.95 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $17.06

Tasha Spillett's graphic novel debut, Surviving the City, is a story about womanhood, friendship, colonialism, and the anguish of a missing loved one. Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan is Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up in an urban landscape - they're so close, they even completed their Berry Fast together. However, when Dez's grandmother becomes too sick, Dez is told she can't stay with her anymore. With the threat of a group home looming, Dez can't bring herself to go home and disappears. Miikwan is devastated, and the wound of her missing mother resurfaces. Will Dez's community find her before it's too late? Will Miikwan be able to cope if they don't?