A Gentle Habit: a book of short stories by Metis author Cherie Dimaline includes six moving short stories. Inspiration for the collection comes from American poet Charles Bukowski who wrote “In between the punctuating agonies, life is such a gentle habit.” Following this theme of extraordinary ordinariness, A Gentle Habit is a collection of six new short stories focusing on the addictions of a diverse group of characters attempting normalcy in an unnatural world. Cherie is an author and editor from the Georgian Bay Métis community. Cherie was named the 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year – Ontario Premier’s Award, and was named the first Writer in Residence – Aboriginal Literature for Toronto Public Library. Cherie currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering, and continues to write. A Gentle Habit is longlisted for the 2017 First Nation Communities Read.