In her debut collection of short stories, Islands of Decolonial Love, renowned writer and activist Leanne Simpson vividly explores the lives of contemporary Indigenous Peoples and communities, especially those of her own Nishnaabeg nation.
Found on reserves, in cities and small towns, in bars and curling rinks, canoes and community centres, doctors offices and pickup trucks, Simpson’s characters confront the often heartbreaking challenge of pairing the desire to live loving and observant lives with a constant struggle to simply survive the historical and ongoing injustices of racism and colonialism. Told with voices that are rarely recorded but need to be heard, and incorporating the language and history of her people, Leanne Simpson’s Islands of Decolonial Love is a profound, important, and beautiful book of fiction.
Leanne teamed up with musicians to record some of her writing as spoken word/musical performances. You can stream or download these tracks for free at http://arpbooks.org/islands/. Leanne will also be performing some of these tracks at our event.
Wild Rice Dreams is a collection of Aboriginal poetry that delves into the human experience with spotlight on urban Aboriginal life.
The poems explore spiritual transformations and perception of the ever-present knowledge of being hunted by not so distant cruel past. Vera Wabegijig speaks to the power of ordinary Aboriginal people in Canada, ignites our imagination, and connects us to our past, current, and future feelings. She demonstrates deep understanding of native vitality and appreciation of different cultural legacies in vigorous relationship with each other. The book explores how complicated relationships between people, dreams, and memories play an integral role in the complex life of being Anishinaabe.
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