Voices in the Circle
McNally Robinson Booksellers has teamed up with co-presenters the Winnipeg International Writers Festival to celebrate Indigenous writing in Canada as part of their Voices in the Circle initiative. Check back soon, as more events will be added over the days to come.
Billy-Ray Belcourt, whose collection This Wound is a World was the recipient of the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize and named the Most Significant Book of Poetry in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer at the 2018 Indigenous Voices Award, returns to Winnipeg to discuss his new collection, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field (House of Anansi) with Rosanna Deerchild, host of Unreserved on CBC Radio One.
Nationally bestselling author and former Crown prosecutor Harold R. Johnson presents his latest work of non-fiction, Peace and Good Order The Case for Indigenous Justice in Canada (McClelland & Stewart), an urgent, informed, intimate condemnation of the Canadian state and its failure to deliver justice to Indigenous people. He'll be joined in conversation by host David McLeod.
In his debut memoir, From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way (Simon & Schuster), Jesse Thistle, once a high school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar, chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is. He'll be discussing his memoir with host Rosanna Deerchild of Unreserved on CBC Radio One.
The Trail of Nenaboozhoo and Other Creation Stories (Kegedonce Press) is a book of art and storytelling that preserve the legends of the Anishinaabe people. The stories are accompanied by strikingly beautiful illustrations, in the style of Ojibway pictographs, by revered Indigenous artists Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt who will be discussing their work at this event.
Throughout their youth, Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter wrote poetry with their mother, award-winning author Lee Maracle. The three always dreamed that one day they would write a book together. This book is the result of that dream. They'll be joined by guest Senator Murray Sinclair at this event.
*Please note new start time* Labrador Innu cultural and environmental activist Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue is well-known both within and far beyond the Innu Nation. The recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and an honorary doctorate from Memorial University, she has been a subject of documentary films, books, and numerous articles. Join us as she launches her memoir, Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive (University of Manitoba Press).
This book shares the life story of Anishinaabe artist Rene Meshake in stories, poetry, and Anishinaabemowin "word bundles" that serve as a dictionary of Ojibwe poetics. The material is organized thematically around a series of Meshake's paintings. It is framed by Kim Anderson, Rene's Odaanisan (adopted daughter), a scholar of oral history who has worked with Meshake for two decades.
From Griffin Poetry Prize winner Jordan Abel comes NISHGA (McClelland & Stewart): a groundbreaking and emotionally devastating autobiographical meditation on the complicated legacies that Canada’s reservation school system has cast on his grandparents’, his parents’ and his own generation. He'll be discussing his book this evening with host Warren Cariou.