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A Virtual Evening with Sandra Laronde & Duncan McCue

Tuesday Sep 27 2022 7:00 pm, Virtual, Online via Zoom & YouTube

Join author Sandra Laronde and CBC’s Duncan McCue as they discuss Sandra’s debut novel, She Holds Up the Stars (Annick Press), a moving coming-of-age story in which a young Indigenous girl searching for a sense of home finds strength and courage in her gifts, her deepening connection to the land, and her own cultural awakening.

Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed, Little You, and When We Play Our Drums, They Sing!, wrote, “Enjoy and savor this instant classic. I love this book.”

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube7pm CDT (WPG) // 6pm CST (SK)

Sandra Laronde is originally from the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) in Temagami, Northern Ontario. An accomplished arts innovator and cultural leader, Sandra has conceived, developed, produced, and disseminated many award-winning productions. She is the founder and Executive & Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance, a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance worldwide. Visit her online

Award-winning journalist Duncan McCue has been with CBC News for over two decades and is the host of Kuper Island, an eight-part podcast on residential schools. In his more than two decades with CBC News, he has hosted Cross Country Checkup and been a longstanding correspondent for CBC-TV’s flagship news show, The National.

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She Holds Up the Stars

- by Sandra Laronde

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"Enjoy and savor this instant classic. I love this book."--Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed, Little You, and When We Play Our Drums, They Sing!

"Sandra Laronde has deftly woven so much into this coming-of-age story: a gentle introduction to the tragic legacy of residential schools, Anishinaabe cultural traditions, and most of all, an inspiring journey to reconnect to family history, homeland, and heart."--Duncan McCue, Host of CBC Radio & CBC Podcasts


A young Indigenous girl searching for a sense of home finds strength and courage in her gifts, her deepening connection to the land, and her own cultural awakening in this moving coming-of-age story.

The last thing that twelve-year old Misko wants to do is to move away from the city to spend time on the rez with her grandmother. And yet she feels strangely compelled to go, drawn by a pull that she feels in her dreams. Maybe she can finally find out what happened to her mother, who mysteriously disappeared when Misko was four years old.

Misko's relationship to the rez shifts when she encounters a spirited horse named Mishtadim. But Mishtadim is being violently broken by the rancher next door and his son Thomas. Misko and Thomas clash at first, only to find themselves drawn together by the wild horse. As Misko slowly discovers her unique bond with Mishtadim, she feels a sense of belonging and comes to understand the beauty of the world all around her.

She Holds Up the Stars is a powerful story of reconciliation and the interwoven threads that tie us to family, to the land, and to our own sense of self.