Unearthing Secrets Gathering Truths is the first book of poetry by Jules Arita Koostachin, Attawapiskat First Nation member. This work is divided into four parts: InNiNeWak (Human Beings), WiKwam (Home), MiTeWin (Dreams) and IsKweWak (Cree Womyn). The poems reflect life, voice, spirit world, mothers, freedom, truth and love seen through the eyes of an Indigenous woman. Through the process of the poems, which were a twenty-year journey, she finds the courage to face her difficult past and gathers truths of her family to heal.
Sitting By The Rapids is a slim volume of engaging poetry by Albert Dumont. He is Spiritual Advisor, Algonquin, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and since 2016 he has served his community as one of 13 Elders on the Elders Advisory Committee of the Ministry of the Attorney General. In recognition for his work as an activist and volunteer on his ancestral lands (Ottawa and Region) Albert was presented with a Human Rights Award by the Public Service Alliance of Canada in 2010.
Wrist, published by Kegedonce Press, is a scary story told about an Indigenous monster-like creature by author Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler. Nathan Adler is a writer and an artist who works in many different mediums, including audio, video, film, drawing & painting, as well as glass. He is an MFA candidate for Creative Writing from UBC, currently works as a glass artist, and is working on a second novel and a collection of short stories. He is a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation, and currently resides in Mono, Ontario.
The Stone Gift by children's author Deborah L Delaronde brings a young adult fantasy novel for teen readers. Sixteen-year-old DJ awakens from a coma with no memory of who he is or what happened to him. All he knows is that he was severely beaten and his face is disfigured. D.J.'s grandmother places an unearthly stone necklace around his neck and he begins to recover at a rapid pace. When D.J. has visions about a boy named Jeff and his friend Tim, he starts to piece together the events that landed him in the hospital.
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.
In her second collection of poetry, Passage, Gwen Benaway examines what it means to experience violence and speaks to the burden of survival. Traveling to Northern Ontario and across the Great Lakes, Passage is a poetic voyage through divorce, family violence, legacy of colonization, and the affirmation of a new sexuality and gender. Previously published as a man, Passage is the poet’s first collection written as a transwoman. Striking and raw in sparse lines, the collection showcases a vital Two Spirited identity that transects borders of race, gender, and experience.
Candies: A Humour Composite by the renowned and celebrated Ojibwe linguist, storyteller, educator and humorist Basil Johnston is the final publication of the remarkable Elder. Kegedonce Press has left a lasting legacy of this Ojibwe man's writing accomplishments with this compilation of 34 humour-filled short stories. Basil Johnston (1929-2015) from Chippewas of Nawash First Nation in Ontario wrote Ojibwe language dictionaries and courses of study, Ojibwe spiritual and cultural teaching resources, a residential school memoir, and traditional Ojibwe narratives and legends.
In Emma's Gift, a recent title authored by Métis writer Deborah L Delaronde-Falk, celebrates a little-known Métis event known as annual preparation of Kings’ Day, the Epiphany. Emma wants to participate in her community’s annual ‘King’s Day’ celebration that is held every year on January 6th. She loves to see the gifts that are given and hear the stories people tell when they visit. Her mother, however, feels that Emma is too young. When Emma’s grandmother hurts herself, Emma reluctantly agrees to help.
In Halfling Spring: An Internet Romance, a series of notes unfolds the dance of desire versus trust through a long season of actual and metaphorical springtime. This poetry volume features the artwork of Ojibwe artist Leo Yerxa. Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood writer, born in Manitoba and based in Coast Salish territories on the west-coast. A publishing and performing poet since the 80s, a blogger in more recent years, Joanne is mother to six young people, all born at home.
A Moon Made of Copper is a collection of nonfiction poems that look at the continual maturing and growth of a human being. The poems were written while touring across Canada, and they capture poet Chris Bose's experiences meeting people, wandering different cities, and getting into adventures and mis-adventures. Chris Bose is from the N'laka'pamux Nation in BC, and currently spends his time in Kamloops, BC. He is is a writer, multi-disciplinary artist, musician, and filmmaker.