Split Tooth by Inuk musician Tanya Tagaq is now available in paperback. This is a compelling combination of journal entries, poetry and short stories that offers a new voice to the growing field of Indigenous literature. Reading like a coming of age narrative about a young girl who covers traditional stories about animals and the Arctic environment, impacts of residential school, the role of family, drug and alcohol abuse, violence against women and children, and teen pregnancy, this book has made a significant contribution to the literary world.
Trickster Drift is the second book in the Trickster Trilogy by Eden Robinson (Haisla/Heiltsuk). Set over 40 chapters, Trickster Drift continues the story of Jared Martin, or as his mom calls him, Son of a Trickster, who is heading to school and who has been sober for a year. Settling into life in Vancouver means meeting up with family, friends and scariest of all, David.
Devil in the Woods, by D.A. Lockhart of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation, is a series of letter and prayer fictional and real poems addressed to Canadian figures. The 69 poems are addressed to Shawn Atleo, Pierre Berton, Steve Wojeck, Margaret Atwood, Sarah Polley, K.D. Lang, Robertson Davies, and Don Cherry, among others, making these poems personal, conversational, approachable and capturing voice.
Injichaag, My Soul in Story is a book of Anishinaabe poetics in art and words by Rene Meshake (Anishinaabe Elder) with Kim Anderson (Cree/ Métis writer and friend). In Injichaag, ‘my soul’, in Anishinaabemowin, Rene Meshake has the power to choose, to desire, and to be angry and so chooses to tell his story through a collection of short pieces of Indigenous literature.
Hearts Unbroken, by New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith (enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Indian Nation in Oklahoma, is a young adult novel about a school musical, friendship, romance and heartache. After breaking up with her boyfriend, Louise joins the school’s Journalism class working on the school newspaper writing stories and meets Joey. The local school musical, The Wizard of Oz, has new guidelines – to be colour-conscious – which sets in motion objections, acceptance, bullying, sexism and racism.
Tracing Ochre: Changing Perspectives of the Beothuk is an edited and multi- and inter-disciplinary volume by Fiona Polack. Tracing Ochre is a collaborative work of Indigenous and non-Indigenous thinkers who have a shared conviction that the present conceptions of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Beothuk requires redressing. Colonial mentalities about the Beothuk has created problems for Indigenous Peoples there and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada as a whole.
Otter's Journey Through Indigenous Language and Law takes the Anishinaabe traditional protocols regarding storytelling to explore how Ojibwe language revitalization can inform the growing field of Indigenous legal revitalization. Utilizing the process of storytelling the book follows the journey of Otter, an Ojibwe dodem on a journey across Anishinaabe, Inuit, Maori, Coast Salish, and Abenaki territories, through a narrative of Indigenous resurgence.
When A Ghost Talks, Listen is the sequel to ‘How I Became A Ghost’ by Tim Tingle, an Oklahoma Choctaw storyteller and award-winning author. Tim Tingle’s great-great-grandfather walked the Trail of Tears in 1835 and this trilogy is inspired by Tim Tingle walking the trail and from recordings of stories of tribal elders. The first book in the series, How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story, sets the scene in a story about the Choctaw removal process from the Choctaw homelands in Mississippi to the Oklahoma Reservation during the 1800s through the eyes of 10-year-old Isaac.
Clifford by Harold R. Johnson, a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, is dedicated to Harold Johnson’s older brother, Clifford Melton Johnson. Clifford is a memoir based on fact, fiction, and stories. The story begins in northern Saskatchewan on a highway construction project, where a Swedish/Sami immigrant and Cree, Nihiyithaw woman meet in the early 1900s. The story follows the lives of the Johnson family but especially the author and his brother, Clifford, and their discussions premised on their rational minds and internal messages.