This week Sto:lo author Lee Maracle graced us with a must-read essay about the vitality of Indigenous works and recognition in Canada, scary books dominated our top 10 list, and Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveler tool made for a wordy geek-out, and more.
In her essay "This long road to literary recognition," Sto:lo author Lee Maracle talks about the importance of Indigenous stories and literary recognition for Canada's Indigenous authors: It has taken almost 50 years for Canada to accept our storytelling and poetry as valid, as literature."
~ Thanks to Merriam-Webster’s
Time Traveler tool it's now easy to scroll through the centuries (as far back as the 12th century!) to see which words were recorded for the very first time.
~ The winners of this year's
Governor General's Literary Awards included lots of indies, including The Red Word by Sarah Henstra (ECW Press); Wayside Sang by Cecily Nicholson (Talonbooks), Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom by Jordan Tannahill (Playwrights Canada Press); and Descent into Night, translated by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott (Mawenzi House).
What Else We're Reading
Christen enjoyed Sean Howard's
Ghost Estates (Gaspereau Press) for its "lively poems, inspired by notes scrawled during a sabbatical presentation by Dr. Jan Curtis on 'Orpheus in Ireland, Seamus Heaney and the Poet's Task, and Other Matters.'"
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