Red Rooms by Cherie Dimaline, a Métis writer and activist from the Georgian Bay Métis Nation in Canada, is about Naomi, an Indigenous chambermaid in a busy downtown hotel who amuses herself by imagining the past, present and future lives of five hotel guests, whom she observed in passing, in the hotel lobby and through relics left in their rooms. Struck by their remains, their footprints and their clues, Naomi patches them together to weave tales of infatuation, love, infidelity, illness, death and family.
Ghost Lake by Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler is the companion volume to Adler’s Indigenous horror novel, Wrist also published by Kegedonce Press. In Ghost Lake, thirteen stories feature an interrelated cast of characters and their brushes with the mysterious.
Jonny Appleseed is by author Joshua Whitehead, an Oji-Cree member of the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Self-ordained as an NDN glitter princess, Jonny has one week before he must return to the "rez"--and his former life--to attend the funeral of his stepfather. The seven days that follow are like a fevered dream: stories of love, trauma, sex, kinship, ambition, and the heartbreaking recollection of his beloved kokum (grandmother).
Algonquin Legacy is the fourth book in Rick Revelle's Algonquin Quest series. Rick Revelle is a member of Ardoch Algonquin First Nation.This book starts out about 15 years after the Battle of Crow Wing River where the combined allies of the Anishinaabe had fought the powerful nation of the Lakota in the Lakota home lands. When the Anishinaabe returned to their village the decision was made to go towards the western sun to settle. This decision came at great cost to the surviving family unit of the late Omàmiwinini (Algonquin) leader Mahingan. This split up a very strong family.
Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer - was raised on Saddle Lake Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School and is the author of Blue Marrow. The voices of Blue Marrow sing out from the past and the present. They are the voices of the Grandmothers, both personal and legendary. They share their wisdom, their lives, their dreams. They proclaim the injustice of colonialism, the violence of proselytism, and the horrors of the residential school system with an honesty that cuts to the marrow.
Since 1990, Sky Dancer Louise Bernice Halfe’s work has stood out as essential testimony to Indigenous experiences within the ongoing history of colonialism and the resilience of Indigenous storytellers. Sôhkêyihta includes searing poems, written across the expanse of Halfe’s career, aimed at helping readers move forward from the darkness into a place of healing.
A lot of time has passed but the Trickster has returned and the world that he left is in desperate need of some levity, the truth and most importantly, reconciliation. It is time to start again. In the spirit of treaty. But before that can happen some things need to be cleared up. Some eyes need to be opened but most importantly some hearts need to change. This is a story of change. For the better.
Sufferance, by Thomas King, of Greek/Cherokee descent is a Member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award. In Sufferance, Jeremiah Camp, a.k.a. the Forecaster, can look into the heart of humanity and see the patterns that create opportunities and profits for the rich and powerful. Problem is, Camp has looked one too many times, has seen what he hadn’t expected to see and has come away from the abyss with no hope for himself or for the future. So Jeremiah does what any intelligent, sensitive person would do. He runs away.
The Canadian public largely understands reconciliation as the harmonization of Indigenous–settler relations for the benefit of the nation. But is this really happening? Reconciliation politics can work counter to retributive justice. The Theatre of Regret asks whether – within the contexts of settler colonialism – the approach to reconciliation will ultimately favour the state over the needs and requirements of Indigenous peoples.
Borders is the graphic novel of the book with the same name. Borders is written by Thomas King, an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, scriptwriter and photographer; a Member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award. He is of Cherokee and Greek descent. This book is illustrated by Natasha Donovan a Métis illustrator. In a series of flashbacks and two parallel stories mother and son try to cross the Canada/US border. The media intervenes they are able to cross. This is a story about movement of people and identity.