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.
Aaron Paquette won third place for the the 2015 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Written and illustrated by Aaron Paquette Lightfinder is a young adult fantasy novel about Aisling, a young Cree woman who sets out into the wilderness with her Kokum (grandmother), Aunty and two young men she barely knows. They have to find and rescue her runaway younger brother, Eric. Along the way she learns that the legends of her people might be real and that she has a growing power of her own.
Walking in Balance: Meeyau-ossaewin is Ojibwe linguist Basil Johnston's third bilingual volume is the follow up to the teachings and lessons found in Gift to the Stars and Living in Harmony. This title contains 8 stories in English and Ojibwe beginning with Winonah; Maudjee-Kawiss; Pukawiss; Nana'b'oozoo - The Beginning; Never Take More Than; Wolves Teach Nana'b'oozoo; Cheeby--aub-oozoo; and Nana'b'oozoo's Revenge. The stories reflect a code of conduct inherent in Ojibwe teachings.
Living in Harmony, Mino-nawae-indawaewin is the second title by Ojibwe linguist and storyteller Basil Johnson in the Anishinaubaemowin Series. This collection, commissioned by Zagamok Wasseyaankaan Anishinaabebigewin, contains 10 stories in English. The Ojibwe language version follows each story. These legends and oral traditions are meant to be read aloud resources for elementary students. They are also suitable for adult literacy students and anyone interested in knowing more about Anishinaabe traditional stories.
Think Indian: Languages are Beyond Price is a collection of essays written by the language scholar and storyteller Basil Johnston. This volume contains 27 articles that cover topics such as language, stories and storytelling, identity, Ojibwe culture, humour, writing, and education. Where is the flour? is the title of a humourous account of Cape Croker member Norman Peter Joshua Jones' adventures in Hollywood as an Indian extra during the 1930s and 1940s.
The Gift of the Stars: Anangoog Meegiwaewinan is a recently published collection of Ojibwe stories for children and young adults written by the renowned author and linguist Basil Johnston. This collection, commissioned by Zagamok Wasseyaankaan Anishinaabebiigewin, contains 10 read aloud stories in English. The Ojibwe language version follows each story. These legends and oral traditions are meant to be read aloud resources for elementary students. They are also suitable for adult literacy students and anyone interested in knowing more about Anishinaabe traditional stories.
The Glass Lodge is a slim volume of poems by Mistawasis Cree writer John McDonald. Writing about his experiences as a street kid in Prince Albert and Calgary, McDonald offers readers a frank and honest look at life through the lens of an Aboriginal man who has experienced pain, addiction, love, identity issues, racism, and hope. His journey is heartfelt and compelling. The work contains mature themes and language. This book is selected as a recommended title in the 2009 First Nations Libraries Community Reads program.