Métis author Cherie Dimaline is on fire!
In 2017, her dystopian YA novel, The Marrow Thieves, won the Governor General's Award for Young People's Literature AND the US Kirkus Award for Young Readers' Literature. The novel has also been chosen as one of the five contenders for the 2018 Canada Reads!
If you have read The Marrow Thieves and are looking for more of Cherie’s brilliant writing, check out A Gentle Habit, published by Kegedonce Press in 2016.
A collection of brilliantly-written short stories, A Gentle Habit was inspired American Poet Charles Bukowski who wrote "In between the punctuating agonies, life is such a gentle habit." Following this theme of extraordinary ordinariness, these six short stories focus on the addictions of a diverse group of characters attempting normalcy in an unnatural world.
“Her characters are believable…the challenges and harsh realities of each character’s life are laid bare before the reader.” – Christian Hebert, Anishinabek News
Check out the All Lit Up blog for Cherie’s reflections on this fabulous collection of short stories.
A Gentle Habit appeared on the 2016 ReLit Awards long shortlist for short fiction.
As Kegedonce celebrates its 25th anniversary year, we look back at some of our most memorable and important publications.
This month: two poetry collections by writer, multi-disciplinary artist, musician, and filmmaker Chris Bose, A Moon Made of Copper and Stone the Crow. Chris's poetry creates raw, real worlds that powerfully draw on his personal experiences of meetings and wanderings in urban settings across Canada.
A Moon Made of Copper is a collection of non-fiction poems that look at the continual maturing and growth of a human being. The poems were written while touring across Canada, and they capture Bose’s experiences meeting people, wandering different cities, and getting into adventures and mis-adventures.
…sometimes living the dream gives you nightmares…
"...this collection is brutal, bloody and brilliant. Chris Bose is one of my all time inspirations. What a ferociously gorgeous roar! WOW!" Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed and Angel Wing Splash Pattern
Chris Bose's first collection of contemporary urban native poetry. The author takes the reader with him as he chases after coyote down the mountains on the back of a blue horse, riding across the river and into the concrete forests of the urban reservations of Canada.
"An important new voice on the Native literary scene, a voice much needed, a voice well expressed. A writer to watch." Tomson Highway.
2018 is Kegedonce Press's 25th Anniversary! As part of our celebrations, we will be presenting a retrospective on some of the wonderful books we have published over the years, featuring one each month. For January, we're looking at: LOVE MEDICINE AND ONE SONG by Gregory Scofield. Published in 2009, featuring an introduction by Warren Cariou.
A beautiful, luscious, and healing collection of poetry from one of Canada's greatest Indigenous poets. These poems are the medicine of love.
In Love Medicine and One Song, Gregory Scofield steps out of the urban rez and enters the fields of love. Intertwining lush scenes from the natural world with images of the human body, the poems in 'Love Medicine and One Song' celebrate human relationships with the land, and with the bodies of ourselves and our lovers. Beautiful, luscious, and erotic, these poems are the medicine of love.
“he is mountain lion / chewing bones, tasting marrow / rain water / trickling down my spine / he is spring bear / ample and lean / his berry tongue quick, / sweet from the feasting.” —excerpt from “He is,” Love Medicine and One Song.
“Daring to find ceremonies of healing in the earthly musk of erotic love, Gregory Scofield embeds images as precise as a taut drum in rhythms that haunt, knead flesh, and enter the marrow of bone. These are poems aching to be read.” Sam McKegney, author of Magic Weaons, Aboriginal Writers Reaking Community After Residential School.
Gregory Scofield is one of Canada's leading Aboriginal writers, whose numerous collections of poetry have earned him both a national and international audience. He is known for his unique and dynamic reading style that blends oral storytelling, song, spoken word and the Cree language. His maternal ancestry can be traced back to the fur trade and to the Métis community of Kinosota, Manitoba. His poetry and memoir, Thunder Through My Veins (Harper Collins, 1999) is taught at numerous universities and colleges throughout Canada and the U.S., and his work has appeared in many anthologies. He was the subject of a feature length documentary, Singing Home The Bones: A Poet Becomes Himself (The Maystreet Group, 2007) that aired on CHUM TV, BRAVO!, APTN, and the Saskatchewan Television Network. He has served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba and Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Coming Soon from Kegedonce Press: creole métisse of french canada, me by Sharron Proulx-Turner. This collection of poetry is written in a unique, prose-like fashion, without capitalized words. In it, Sharron unfolds her personal stories about being a woman, Métis, and two-spirited in Canada.
"I wish I could be that brave. as brave as the big dipper. the great bear there, purring, watching, holding my hand. me looking to the side and down. the words I seek are buried there, under grief. inside the darkness of a cottonwood, inside the seeds of orange berries. the wings of a female mallard in flight, exposing blues and whites and blacks otherwise unseen, like a woman's beauty, often hidden until she looks up, sees the small spaces between the leaves, yellow hearts on the black bark after a fall rain." Excerpt from creole métisse of french canada, me
Sharron Proulx-Turner was a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Originally from the Ottawa river valley, Sharron was from Mohawk, Wyandot, Algonquin, Ojibwe, Mi'kmaq, French and Irish ancestry. Sharron was a two-spirit nokomis, mom, writer and community worker. Where the Rivers Join (1995), a memoir (published under the name Beckylane), was a finalist for the Edna Staebler Award for creative non-fiction, and what the auntys say (2002), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Prize for poetry. Sharron’s books included a mixed-genre historical fiction called she walks for days inside a thousand eyes: a two-spirit story (2008), and a book of dedication poems called she is reading her blanket with her hands (2008). She published another poetry collection, the trees are still bending south, with Kegedonce in 2012. Sadly, Sharron passed away in 2016. Kegedonce Press is proud to publish her final manuscript in her memory.