Just Pretending is Bird-Wilson’s first short story collection, though she has previously published a book of nonfiction. This Métis author works for he Gabriel Dumont Institute in Saskatoon. In this short story collection the question of identity appears in all the 22 stories. Additional themes include belonging/not belonging, Aboriginal adoption, loss and abandonment, regret and insecurity. A deadbeat dad tries to reconnect with his daughter after 22 years away. A selfish poet has been scarred by an upbringing that leaves him emotionally distant from his children and spouse.
The Comic Book Wars by Métis author Jacqueline Guest completes the trilogy that began with Belle of Batoche and Outcasts of River Falls. It's 1943 and World War II is raging. 15-year-old Robert Tourond is safe at home in Calgary, but his three brothers are all overseas, fighting the Nazis. A dreamer, Robert closely follows the exploits of his three favourite comic book heroes Captain Ice, Sedna of the Sea and the Maple Leaf Kid who also battle the bad guys in the monthly comics he spends his allowance on.
Outcasts of River Falls by award-winning Métis author Jacqueline Guest is the sequel to the historical fiction novel, Belle of Batoche. The novel is set in a Métis community, River Falls, where 14-year-old Kathryn Tourand arrives to live with her guardian and only relative Aunt Belle. Kathryn's father has died and while he passed for white in Toronto, Kathryn is in for a surprise as she learns she is Métis and so is Aunt Belle. What follows is a coming-of-age story as Kathryn learns what it truly means to be one of the Road Allowance People at the turn of the twentieth century.
Honore Jaxon: Prairie Visionary by historian Donald B Smith examines the intriguing life of William Henry Jackson (1861-1952) who assumed an Indigenous Métis identity in the manner of Long Lance and Grey Owl. William Henry Jackson was born an Anglo-Saxon Methodist in Southern Ontario. Leaving behind that identity, he served as Louis Riel's secretary during the 1885 Resistance, narrowly avoiding lengthy imprisonment. Escaping an asylum for the insane, he went on to become a prominent labour leader in Chicago, finally trying his hand as a real-estate developer in New York City.
Plains Cree poet Louise Bernice is an award-winning author who has served as the Saskatchewan Provincial Poet Laureate. Her first collection of poems, Bear Bones and Feathers, comments on the erosion of old ways, the terrors of residential school and the pain inflicted by alcoholism. Despite the dark subject matter she offers a heart-felt portrait of her beloved grandmother, that speak truthfully about her family history. Her biting poems are written in a Cree-inflected English she calls her grassroots tongue.
The Crooked Good, published in 2007 by Coteau, won the Saskatoon Book Award and the Saskatoon Publishers Award and was short listed for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.The Crooked Good is an epic poem based on the Cree Legend of the Rolling Head, interwoven with the lives of four generations of women. Louise served as the first Aboriginal Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan from 2005-2006. Her work is widely published in anthologies and magazines. First Nation Communities Read 2012 title.
Fight for Justice by teacher Lori Saigeon is a highly accessible novel about bullying as seen through the perspective of 10-year-old Justice Stoneyplain and his twin sister Charity. Both attend an inner-city school in a Prairie town. Living away from their home reserve the family occasionally visits the children's Mushum and Kokum on highly anticipated weekends. Both brother and sister are faced with a neighbourhood bully who causes them much grief. The growing problem escalates as Justice is hesitant to talk with his mother or teachers.
A powerful and moving story of one woman s victory over abuse, poverty, and discrimination to recover her life, her self-esteem and the love of her son. Author Morningstar Mercredi is a Dene/Métis storyteller, actress and social activist. First Nation Communities Read 2012 title.
The Strength of Women: Ahkameyimowak by Cree scholar Pricilla Settee, Associate Professor in the Department of Native Studies, University of Saskatchewan, is an important addition to literature by and about First Nations and Métis women. Âhkamêyimowak is a Cree word which embodies the strength that drives women to persevere, flourish, and work for change within their communities. The stories included here are by women with vision, who inspire and lead those who have lived in their midst.