In March 2010 the Canadian Literature Centre hosted award-winning novelist and storyteller Eden Robinson at the 4th annual Henry Kreisel Lecture. Robinson shared an intimate look into the intricacies of family, culture, and place through her talk, The Sasquatch at Home: Traditional Protocols and Modern Storytelling.
Celia's Song is a young adult novel by renowned Sto:lo author, poet, and storyteller Lee Maracle. Celia's Song relates one Nuu-chah-nulth family's harrowing experiences over several generations, after the brutality, interference, and neglect resulting from contact with Europeans. Mink is a witness, a shape shifter, compelled to follow the story that has ensnared Celia and her village, on the West coast of Vancouver Island in Nuu-chah-nulth territory.
Yetsa's Sweater is a charming picture book by Sylvia Olsen about the women of the Coast Salish who continue to create beautiful Cowichan sweaters. It is an effective picture book that demonstrates First Nations experiential learning. Yetsa is spending time with her grandmother assisting in the preparation of the sheep's wool needed to knit these amazing one-of-a-kind sweaters. The story and illustrations show the love and understanding between the generations as Yetsa's mother joins the group to complete the many tasks needed to make the wool ready for knitting.
Which Way Should I Go is a recent picture book written by Sylvia Olsen and based on the memories of Olsen's friend Ron Martin. This picture book offers young children an opportunity to understand that we all have choices to make in our lives even if we are young. Joey is a young Nuuchahnulth boy who has a happy and cheerful disposition. Even his friend, his teacher, and the store owner notice that Joey always has a smile on his face.
Cloudwalker by renowned Northwest Coast artist Roy Henry Vickers recounts in text and images the creation of the rivers the source of three of British Columbia’s largest salmon-bearing rivers. These rivers, the Nass, Skeena, and the Stikine, are the source of life for all creatures in the area. Cloudwalker is the second in a series of Northwest Coast legends by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. This 40-page book explains the creation of these rivers. Astace, a young Gitxsan hunter, is intent on catching a group of swans with his bare hands.
Storyteller: The Art of Roy Henry Vickers is the outstanding coffee-table size book containing 120 colour images including, 118 previously unpublished works. This book celebrates the previous decade 2003-2013 of this renowned painter and printmaker's artwork. A note from the artist accompanies each image, inviting the reader to a deeper understanding of both art and artist.
The 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction is The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King. This title is Thomas King’s first literary novel in 15 years and follows on the success of the award-winning and bestselling novels and non-fiction. In The Back of the Turtle, Gabriel returns to Smoke River, the reserve where his mother grew up and to which she returned with Gabriel’s sister. The reserve is deserted after an environmental disaster killed the population, including Gabriel’s family, and the wildlife.
Red: A Haida Manga is a ground-breaking title published by Douglas and McIntyre and written and illustrated by Haida artist and activist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Combining the art styles of Haida carvers and the graphic aspects of Japanese manga, Yahgulanaas creates a captivating and innovative graphic novel that retells a Haida narrative for a contemporary audience. The main character is Red, an orphan, who experiences tragic loss when his sister Jaada is kidnapped from their village. The boy seethes with rage and revenge grips his soul.
Net-eth Going Out of the Darkness: An Exhibition of First Nations Artists, Residential School Survivors and their Descendants is a group exhibition catalogue of over twenty contemporary and traditional First Nations artists, among them are Indian Residential School survivors and their descendants whose work is a powerful testimony to their personal healing process.