My Conversations with Canadians contains 13 prose essays by esteemed author and professor Lee Maracle. From her poetry collections and novels Maracle draws from audience reactions and questions from audience members who have attended her many readings and presentations to inspire these essays.
Talking to the Diaspora is an enlightening collection of thoughtful, rhythmic poems. In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, Lee Maracle has earned the reputation as one of Canada's most ardent and celebrated writers. Talking to the Diaspora, Maracle's second book of poetry, is at once personal and profound. From the revolutionary Where Is that Odd Dandelion-Looking Flower to the tender poem Salmon Dance, from the biting Language to the elegiac Boy in the Archives, these poems embody the fearless passion and spirited wit for which Maracle is beloved and revered.
Memory Serves and Other Essays gathers together the 17 oratories and lectures by award-winning author Lee Maracle has delivered and performed over a twenty-year period. Revised for publication, the lectures hold the features and style of oratory intrinsic to the Salish people in general and the Sto: lo in particular. From her Coast Salish perspective and with great eloquence, Maracle shares her knowledge of Sto: lo history, memory, philosophy, globalization, law, spirituality, feminism and the colonial condition of her people.
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.
Indigenous Poetics in Canada broadens the way in which Indigenous poetry is examined, studied, and discussed in Canada. Breaking from the parameters of traditional English literature studies, this volume embraces a wider sense of poetics, including Indigenous oralities, languages, and understandings of place. Featuring work by academics and poets, the book examines four elements of Indigenous poetics. First, it explores the poetics of memory: collective memory, the persistence of Indigenous poetic consciousness, and the relationships that enable the Indigenous storytelling process.
First Wives Club: Coast Salish Style contains ten short stories by Sto:lo poet, playwright, and author Lee Maracle. This collection includes the title story, in which Maracle explores views on sexuality, relationships, love, family, loss and healing in Salish and First Nations cultures. The last story, Canoe, is a moving story about a son who has recently lost his mother, and a step-father still grieving his wife.
Will's Garden is writer Lee Maracle's first young adult novel. This story is set in British Columbia in a Sto:lo community where Will and his sister Sarah attend high school off the reserve. The extended family prepares for Will's coming of age ceremony that marks the important role of men in their culture. The differences between the matrilineal extended family's cooperation and the high school's culture of racism, name-calling, bullying, and homophobia is striking.
Set along the Pacific Northwest Coast in the 1950s, Ravensong: A Novel tells the story of an urban Indigenous community devastated by an influenza epidemic. Stacey, a 17-year-old First Nation, struggles with the clash between white society’s values and her family’s traditional ways, knowing that her future lies somewhere in between. Celia, her sister, has visions from the past, while Raven warns of an impending catastrophe before there is any reconciliation between the two cultures.