Drew Hayden Taylor has done many things, most of which he is proud of. An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nation in Ontario, he has worn many hats in his literary career, from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., to being Artistic Director of Canada’s premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts. He has been an award-winning playwright (with over 70 productions of his work), a journalist/columnist (appearing regularly in several Canadian newspapers and magazines), short-story writer, novelist, television scriptwriter, and has worked on over 17 documentaries exploring the Native experience. Most notably, he wrote and directed REDSKINS, TRICKSTERS AND PUPPY STEW, a documentary on Native humour for the National Film Board of Canada.
We wrapped up National Poetry Month with five author interviews and excerpts, and a thoughtful piece on writing poetry through times of crisis from Natasha Ramoutar.
Don't miss festivals like Vancouver Writers' Fest, International Festival of Authors, Bookfest Windsor, and the Stratford Writers' Festival, all starting this week!
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As an ode to summer Fringe festivals, we rounded up a list of published plays that had us thinking and talking for this edition of Top 10.
Lots this week, including another leg of the Ask & Answer tour and a book launch for a collection of Indigenous spec fiction (!).
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This week there are just heaps of readings: whether it's fiction or poetry you're after, there's events on both coasts in Halifax, Vancouver, and Victoria (plus some in Toronto!).
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