Basil Johnston was one of the foremost Anishinaabe writers and storytellers, and his comedic stories about life in Residential School, Indian School Days, is a classic. Candies was Johnston's first collection of humorous works in decades.Excerpt from "Indian on Bicycle" found in Candies:Both cars raced off. Tires squealed. Rubber burned. 50 ... 60 ... 70 ... 80 miles an hour.Behind, the old Indian, his hair flying, his shirt flapping and snapping like a wind-blown flag, was desperately ringing his bell, "ding, ding, ding." ..."Better get ready to flag down a couple of fool kids racing down the road about 80 miles an hour. But you won't believe this ... there's an old Indian on a bicycle trying to pass them!"
Basil H. Johnston
Basil Johnston is cherished as an esteemed Anishinaabe writer, storyteller, language teacher and scholar. He was born in Wasauking First Nation in 1929, and was a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. Johnston was awarded the Order of Ontario, three honourary doctorates, and the 2013 OAC Aboriginal Arts Award.
Johnston "moves effortlessly through cultural divides and through the oral and written worlds...The awe in his writing is his distinctive style." -2013 Jury, OAC Aboriginal Arts Award "Basil Johnston will always be one of our nation's great minds and storytellers. To have known him was to know a man who understood the great medicine in humour. I urge you to read this book. You will laugh out loud and maybe learn a thing or two as you do."- Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda"Everyone who met Basil Johnston found him not only ingenious and sharp, but hilarious. Every single narrative he told - indeed every single word - was selected for meaning and layer. Spend time with him now in the pages of Candies, and find out why he is one of the best storytellers ever."- Niigaan Sinclair, Head, Department of Native Studies, University of Manitoba
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