In, Luminous Ink: Writers on Writing in Canada, twenty-six writers in Canada were asked to contribute pieces of original work describing how they see writing today. From Atwood’s opening, through writing from Indigenous writers, the reader is given a sense of how twenty-seven of the country’s finest writers see their world today. With an introduction by the editors, Dionne Brand, Rabindranath Maharaj, and Tessa McWatt.
Unravelling Canada by Sylvia Olsen has developed relationships with Coast Salish knitters and in this book discusses the quintessential garment of Canadian knitting, the bulky and distinctly patterned West Coast cardigan. In the early twentieth century, Indigenous woolworkers on southern Vancouver Island began knitting what are now called Cowichan sweaters, named for the largest of the Coast Salish tribes in the region.
Tainna, The Unseen Ones, Short Stories, by Inuit author and educator Norma Dunning, draws on both lived experience and cultural memory to bring together six powerful new short stories centred on modern-day Inuk characters. Ranging from homeless to extravagantly wealthy, from spiritual to jaded, young to elderly, and even from alive to deceased, Dunning’s characters are united by shared feelings of alienation, displacement and loneliness resulting from their experiences in southern Canada.
Richard Wagamese, one of Canada’s most celebrated Indigenous authors and storytellers and Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in Ontario and a member of the Sturgeon Clan, was a writer of breathtaking honesty and inspiration. In Richard Wagamese Selected, Drew Hayden Taylor, born and raised on the Curve Lake First Nation in Central Ontario, curates and edits this new collection of Wagamese’s non-fiction works. In doing so, Drew Hayden Taylor, brings together more of the prolific author’s short writings, many for the first time in print.
Edited by award-winning and bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, this collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and pride. Families from Nations across the continent gather at the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In a high school gym full of color and song, people dance, sell beadwork and books, and celebrate friendship and heritage. Young protagonists will meet relatives from far away, mysterious strangers, and sometimes one another (plus one scrappy rez dog).
Peter Mansbridge and former CBC producer Mark Bulgutch bring together inspiring Canadians from across the country, who in their own way, are making Canada a better place for all. Hear Gitxsan activist Cindy Blackstock describe her childhood in northern British Columbia where she straddled two communities—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—and her subsequent fight for equitable health care for all children as the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. Meet Nadine Rena Caron - a Canadian surgeon.
Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America, is an edited book by Nora Shalaway Carpenter and includes Indigenous authors. For most of America’s history, rural people and culture have been casually mocked, stereotyped, and, in general, deeply misunderstood. Now an array of short stories, poetry, graphic short stories, and personal essays, along with anecdotes from the authors’ real lives, dives deep into the complexity and diversity of rural America and the people who call it home.
This Accident of Being Lost by Michi Saagiig Nishinaabeg writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, is a collection of stories and songs of decolonized reality, one that circles in and out of time and resists dominant narratives or comfortable categorization. The Accident of Being Lost blends elements of Nishnaabeg storytelling, science fiction, contemporary realism, and the lyric voice,
First published in 2000, Angel Wing Splash Pattern is where Richard Van Camp’s love of the short story began. In these stories he demonstrates the range of his talent and the pursuit of excellence in his craft as a writer and storyteller. Richard Van Camp is a proud Tłįchϙ Dene from Fort Smith, NWT. In Angel Wing Splash Pattern Richard Van Camp celebrates life in northern Canada where the stories are playful, moving, and starkly honest in their portrayal of contemporary Indigenous life. There is pain in these stories and there is loss.
Mi'kmaq Campfire Stories of Prince Edward Island by Julie Pellissier-Lush, Mi'kmaq, and art by Laurie Martin, are Mi’kmaq stories of medicines in nature, hunting on the land and fishing in the waters of the sea. These stories pass on traditions, songs, language and the culture of the Mi’kmaq.