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message 1: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
After enjoying many indigenous authors in the month of June and a request for a thread, I am starting it off by commenting on the authors that I have enjoyed recently:

Joseph Boyden
Richard Wagamese
Lee Maracle
Eden Robinson

I have been holding off reading Thomas King for the August book club pick and am looking forward to reading his work.

For the month of June, CBC had posted this link: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/06/carol...


message 2: by Allison (new)

Allison | 1919 comments Tracey Lindberg deserves a shout out for sure.


message 3: by Magdelanye (new)

Magdelanye | 411 comments right now I'm chuckling my way through Drew Hayden Taylor motorcycles and sweet grass.. Also outstanding is Jeanette Armstrong


message 4: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments ❀ Susan wrote: "For the month of June, CBC had posted this link:.."

That's a great list. I've read 6 of them but most of the others are on my TBR list. I have yet to read Lee Maracle and I have to remedy that. Another author I want to read is Dawn Dumont.


message 5: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments Magdelanye wrote: "right now I'm chuckling my way through Drew Hayden Taylor motorcycles and sweet grass.. Also outstanding is Jeanette Armstrong"

I have that one on my ereader but still haven't gotten to it. Right now I'm reading The Ballad of Danny Wolfe: Life and Death in the Indian Posse. What a sad story. Really about the repercussions of our government's terrible actions of the past.


message 6: by Magdelanye (new)

Magdelanye | 411 comments @louise
I've had Danny on reserve for months now.
DHT is pretty astute, not as warm as RW more ironic. really enjoying this.
@susan, I know that feeling of holding back on reading something that I'm really anticipating. There's various reasons for that, and one is that its the only book I've not read of an author I love, especially if their dead.
I am very very glad that TK is still alive and hope he writes more. I have my own copy of back of the turtle waiting patiently.
the proliferation and variety of Native writing is absolutely thrilling


message 7: by Rainey (new)

Rainey | 644 comments I love love love Richard Wagemese. Medicine Walk is now on my top 10 fav's list.

I ordered Indian Horse as well in paperback for the same reason - not available in US in Kindle. It worked out to $47 - OMG I just worked out the price.

Thank heavens I love Richard Wagemese. This book will be loaned out to no one.


message 8: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
15 memoirs by indigenous authors by CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/08/indig...


message 9: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments I have only read one but have quite a few other on my TBR pile and now I just added a few more. These lists are teetering my TBR pile, lol.


message 10: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
I know - the book lists and articles posted on CBC books sure do increase the size of the TBR piles. They are such a great source of information. These all look interesting but I am most looking forward to the new fiction by Joseph Boyden and Richard Wagamese!!!


message 11: by Magdelanye (new)

Magdelanye | 411 comments Its petulant of me I know but I still feel miffed at CBC for their cavalier behavior to previous group. They did not have the courtesy to respond to our queries.
that said, its nice to have this list.Ive read 4 and nor heard of many.
Today due to all the raves, I've left the existentialist cafe where I've been camped out and have taken up with readers of broken wheel


message 12: by Gillian (new)

Gillian | 229 comments I just finished and recommend The Woman in the Trees by Gerry William. It's a historical fiction novel about the colonization of the Okanagan with elements of myth and magical realism. I just started Green Grass Running Water and it reminds me a little bit of it with stories within stories. The Woman in the Trees has longer sections though so it might be more enjoyable to people who didn't like Green Grass Running Water.

It was a good book and I enjoyed the story, but I also really liked it because it taught me a lot about the area I grew up in. The book is about the syilx people who's territory comprises parts of the area where I grew up. I knew that my hometown was build on traditional Secwepemec territory but knew nothing about the surrounding nations. Here's some maps if anyone is interested.

Syilx territory
Secwepemec territory


message 13: by Megan (new)

Megan | 461 comments The Blue Jay's Dance: A Birth Year looks amazing, but no library in Edmonton has it! Looks like I might need to start a shopping list for that book outlet website. :)


message 14: by Gillian (new)

Gillian | 229 comments Megan wrote: "The Blue Jay's Dance: A Birth Year looks amazing, but no library in Edmonton has it! Looks like I might need to start a shopping list for that book outlet website. :)"

You can try requesting an inter library loan! They'll ship it to you from any library in Canada, public, private or university, and sometimes the US. You just can't renew inter library loans and have to pay hefty fines it they're late. I've gotten books from the University of Manitoba and Toronto through ILL.


message 15: by Megan (new)

Megan | 461 comments Shvaugn wrote: "Megan wrote: "The Blue Jay's Dance: A Birth Year looks amazing, but no library in Edmonton has it! Looks like I might need to start a shopping list for that book outlet website. :)"

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I just requested it through the interlibrary loan program, thanks for the tip!! :)


message 17: by Allison (new)

Allison | 1919 comments Haven't read it, but heard him on CBC. Definitely a conversation that incites conversation!


message 18: by Mary (new)

Mary | 313 comments I have not read Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People yet but I did find an earlier book of his The Cast Stone which is a dystopian novel about Canadian/Native resistance to a takeover of Canada by the USA.


message 19: by Allison (last edited Oct 11, 2016 10:10AM) (new)

Allison | 1919 comments Looks like the program Unreserved on CBC is running an Indigenous bookclub. Here is a link to the episode about The Break: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/ta...

Another episide for April Raintree: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/te...

Not sure if there's a separate page for the bookclub specifically...?


message 20: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
I heard the author of April Raintree being interviewed on my way back to work after lunch today - I am not sure what show it was but she shared how shy she was and how she had been asked to tone down the rape scenes and language so that it could be studied in schools.


message 21: by Mj (last edited Oct 11, 2016 06:52PM) (new)

Mj @ Susan re April Raintree being asked to tone down her rape scenes and language - It reminds me of the criticisms of Ruby by Cynthia Bond. While I "guess I sort of" get where educators or reviewers might be coming from, I "really don't." It makes no sense to me to "pretty up" or "tone down" a rape or sexual assault. It's an act of violence and should be portrayed as such. I think that part of the reasons victims are blamed for dressing provocatively, asking someone into their apartment etc. etc. in effect being the cause of the rape is this "prettying up and toning down." This violent act has been romanticized by many and understood that to be all about sex, romance, love etc.

It's not about sex or any of the above. It's about control. It's a violent act and people need to be aware of that. It should not be toned down. Violence and language is what predators and sexual offenders use.

Sorry to get launched but this is an important topic close to my heart and it seems society doesn't really seem to get it.


message 22: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
I hear you @MJ and have not read this book but have it waiting on my TBR shelf so will reserve judgement.

I agree that these acts should NEVER be romanticized but I think that rape and violence can be shared without all the graphic details in away that my 13 year old daughter and other teens could learn about the indigenous experience without the graphic details.

@Allison - it will be interesting to follow the indigenous book club


message 23: by Mj (new)

Mj @ Susan - I respect your right to your opinion.


message 24: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
:) right back at you MJ


message 25: by ❀ Susan (last edited Oct 11, 2016 07:51PM) (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
My husband has added his name to the list of holds at the library for Wenjack which reminded me to look up the release date for books by two of my favourite authors which are coming out this month:

Wenjack by Joseph Boyden is coming out October 18th

Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations by Richard Wagamese - the chapters site says: "Within these pages, readers will find hard-won and concrete wisdom on how to feel the joy in the everyday things".

Editing to add - that this book comes out on October 29th


Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ (allisonhikesthebookwoods) | 1642 comments @Mj @ Susan, we had a very similar discussion at my in-person book club last night. The book we were discussing had some disturbing scenes of physical violence that were difficult to read. Similar to your thoughts on sexual abuse @Mj, we thought these descriptions of physical abuse ought not to be toned down. Without them, it can be easy to "forget" that real people suffer terrible abuse everyday and the detailed accounts in novels can raise awareness more than a fluffed up scene ever could.


message 27: by Allison (new)

Allison | 1919 comments @Allison -- which book were you discussing last night?


Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ (allisonhikesthebookwoods) | 1642 comments Allison wrote: "@Allison -- which book were you discussing last night?"

I Let You Go


message 29: by Allison (new)

Allison | 1919 comments Oh yes. I have it on my TBR, although I don't remember putting it on there! Must have been an interesting conversation.


message 30: by Megan (new)

Megan | 461 comments @Susan thanks for the head's up on Embers, I've added it to by TBR list, with hopes that it will sit near the top. :)


message 31: by Mj (new)

Mj @ Susan - another thanks for the heads up. I'm #2 in line for Wagamese's new book.

@ ✰ Allison ✰ - didn't recognize the title I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh when you mentioned it but when I checked it out I remembered I'd read it in the summer. I too thought it was a great read (per your rating) - an excellent, scary, twisty thriller and sounds like it generated lots of book club discussion.

If anyone living in the U.S. is interested in the book - there's a Goodreads Giveaway on now for this book.


message 32: by Barbara (new)

Barbara McEwen (babsbookobsession) | 215 comments ❀ Susan wrote: "I heard the author of April Raintree being interviewed on my way back to work after lunch today - I am not sure what show it was but she shared how shy she was and how she had been asked to tone do..."

I agree MJ. Women really do experience these things, myself included, and I hope that while disturbing they can be points of discussion and teaching. What a great time to bring up consent and other topics in school right?


message 33: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments Allison wrote: "Looks like the program Unreserved on CBC is running an Indigenous bookclub. Here is a link to the episode about The Break: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/ta......"

I love this idea and hope to read along.


message 34: by ❀ Susan (last edited Oct 14, 2016 04:45AM) (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
October 18th will be a big day for the late Chanie Wenjack - not only is Joseph Boyden's book Wenjack out but Lemire and Gord Downie's Secret Path with accompanying music is released prior to the animated film being live streamed on October 23rd (one day after what would have been Wenjack's birthday).

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/arts/secretpat...


message 35: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
Here is a CBC clip on Thomas King: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/th...


message 36: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments ❀ Susan wrote: "Here is a CBC clip on Thomas King: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/th..."

I was just listening to it earlier. It's a great interview.


message 37: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
From today's Globe & Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/b...


message 38: by Allison (new)

Allison | 1919 comments Thanks, @Susan. And here is the link to Downie's animated film, which is playing Oct 23 on CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/arts/secretpat...


message 39: by Kristen (new)

Kristen | 32 comments @Susan thank you for this, this is really insightful. I've wanted to read Boyden for a while.


message 40: by Allison (new)

Allison | 1919 comments Joseph Boyden just finished up an interview with Candy Palmater on q on his novella Wenjack. http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/schedule-fo...


message 41: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
Here is an interesting article about The Break from the Globe & Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/b...

I missed reading this one as i had too many books on the go when my copy was ready for the library but it is still on my list.

I picked up Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations today!


message 42: by Mary (new)

Mary | 313 comments ❀ Susan wrote: "Here is an interesting article about The Break from the Globe & Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/b......"

Thanks for the link. I really liked The Break but did find it hard emotionally to read.


message 43: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments Allison wrote: "Joseph Boyden just finished up an interview with Candy Palmater on q on his novella Wenjack. http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/schedule-fo......"

I just love listening to him talk. He always sounds like such a regular, down-to-earth, nice guy.


message 44: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments ❀ Susan wrote: "Here is an interesting article about The Break from the Globe & Mail: ."

Ooh, thanks for posting. I just finished this book a couple days ago and LOVED it!


message 45: by Megan (new)

Megan | 461 comments @Susan, thanks for linking the article about The Break. What an amazing book!


message 46: by ❀ Susan (last edited Nov 21, 2016 07:13PM) (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
an interesting article about Tracey Lindberg (Birdie). it is a repeat from February but was on twitter tonight: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thenextchapte...


message 47: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
A library that goes beyond books and helps with reconciliation: http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-...


message 48: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments I wonder if we could change the title of this thread to 'Indigenous Literature". I didn't know where else to post this but it seemed like the best place.

I know a few of us have already read Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City and others who are planning on reading it, so I wanted to share this excellent video of an interview with the author:

https://www.facebook.com/TheAgenda/vi...


message 49: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
done! Thanks Louise!


message 50: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
So sad to lose Richard Wagamese last year but it is exciting to know that his last book will be published in August: http://www.cbc.ca/books/richard-wagam...


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