ROSANNA DEERCHILD is an award-winning Cree author and broadcaster. She has worked for a variety of Indigenous newspapers and major networks for over 15 years, including APTN, CBC Radio, and Global. Rosanna's debut poetry collection, "this is a small northern town" won the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie. She is a co-founder and a member of the Indigenous Writers Collective of Manitoba. She currently lives in Winnipeg and works as the host of Unreserved on CBC Radio One. SOLOMON RATT was born on the Churchill River just a few kilometres north of Stanley Mission. He spoke only Cree until the age of six when he was taken away from his parents to attend a residential school in Prince Albert. He returned home from residential school every summer where he spoke Cree at all times because his parents spoke only Cree. Since 1986 he has been an associate professor of Cree language studies at the First Nations University of Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan. He is the author of "nihithaw acimowina / Woods Cree Stories" published by the University of Regina Press in 2014.
If you thought last week had all the festivals, think again; this week has Thin Air in Winnipeg, Fog Lit in Saint John, Victoria's Festival of Authors, Poetry Weekend at the University of New Brunswick, Kingston Writers' Fest, and a bevy of readings and book launches.
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Holy festivals, generic superhero-man! Denman Island, BC, Moose Jaw, SK, and Lakefield, ON, all have festivals with amazing literary lineups this week.
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We're all about Canada Reads here at ALU, and we just can't resist the chance to take part with our own twist. Below we defend and recommend books we think all Canadians should read from poetry to memoir. And all these books are winners in our eyes, so go on and check out our ... Read more
Author Cherie Dimaline discusses the critical importance of Indigenous languages in historically all-colonial Canadian spaces – award ceremonies, schools, and between the pages of a book.
Holy Toledo: there are THREE LPG40 events coming at'cha this week in St. John's, Vancouver, and Winnipeg! Not enough? There's also IFOA going down in Toronto, and some author readings mixed in for good measure.
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