Take Us to Your Chief and Other Stories consists of a collection of nine classic science-fiction stories reinvented with a contemporary First Nation outlook. A forgotten Haudenosaunee social song beams into the cosmos like a homing beacon for interstellar visitors. A computer learns to feel sadness and grief from the history of atrocities committed against First Nations. A young Aboriginal man discovers the secret to time travel in ancient petroglyphs. Drawing inspiration from science fiction authors like Arthur C.
Wenjack by acclaimed author Joseph Boyden joins Gord Downie's Secret Path acknowledging the truth behind the tragic loss of a residential child in 1966. Chanie Wenjack's story is presented as a 112-page fictionalized novella told through the eyes of Chanie and the animals who watch his struggle to reach home by following the railroad tracks. The brief chapters are presented by simple sketches by artist Kent Monkman. These spiritual creatures are sucker fish, crow, hummingbird, owl, mouse skull, pike, spider, wood tick, beaver, snow goose, rabbit, and lynx.
The Break is a 2016 release by Métis author and poet Katherena Vermette. When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break — a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house — she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime. In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim — police, family, and friends — tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Lou, a social worker, grapples with the departure of her live-in boyfriend.
Chenoo: A Novel by Abenaki storyteller and author breaks new ground for this award-winning author in the fictional world of private detectives. Jacob Neptune, a wise-cracking, two-fisted Penacook private investigator with a checkered past, agrees to help protect his cousin Dennis and other Penacooks in a community on Abenaki Island by staging a takeover of a state campground and land that should have reverted to their Nation, but encroaching developers, government operators and even fellow Penacooks eager to build a casino each pose a threat to the island.
The Lesser Blessed was first published by Douglas and McIntyre in 2004. Written by Tlicho author Richard Van Camp the novel addressed the coming of age story of 16-year old highschool student Larry Sole. Living in the small northern town Fort Simmer, Larry deals with family pain and dark secrets as well as drug abuse, violence, and what it means in the modern world. Richard Van Camp's compelling first novel deals with a northern reality with dark humour and explicit dialogue. Sensitive readers should be aware of mature themes and language.
A magical realism novel by Cherokee/Greek author Thomas King in which four Indian elders and the trickster Coyote change the lives of several individuals who come to the Blackfoot reserve for the Sun Dance. Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer of Cherokee and Greek descent. His acclaimed, bestselling fiction includes Medicine River; Truth and Bright Water; One Good Story, That One; and A Short History of Indians in Canada.
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.
Cerulean Blue is a comedic play about a struggling blues band invited to participate in a benefit concert for a First Nation community in conflict with governmental authorities. Upon arriving, the band discovers the entire lineup of musical acts has cancelled and they’re left trapped behind barricades. Complicating the matter, there is conflict within the band and the sudden appearance of an old girlfriend makes the event even more perilous. This play by Ojibwe playwright and author Drew Hayden Taylor is an homage to fast-moving farces while also addressing Aboriginal issues.
The Stone Collection: Short Stories is the 2015 release of writer Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm's story collection from the Highwater Press Debwe Series. In these fourteen unique stories Akiwenzie-Damm takes on complex and dangerous emotions, exploring the gamut of modern Anishinaabe experience. Through unforgettable characters, these stories, about love and lust, suicide and survival, illness and wholeness, illuminate the strange workings of the human heart.
Birdie is the outstanding debut novel by Cree law professor and activist Tracey Lindberg. A member of the As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation Rocky Mountain Cree she has a doctoral degree in law as well as law degrees from the University of Ottawa, Harvard Law School and the University of Saskatchewan. She was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal, the most prestigious award given to a doctoral student in humanities.