Neal McLeod is Cree (having grown up on the James Smith reserve in Saskatchewan) and Swedish. He had the fortunate opportunity to study abroad at the Swedish Art Academy at Umeå. Neal has exhibited his art work throughout Canada including the 2005 exhibition au fil de mes jours (in my lifetime) at Le Musée National des Beaux-arts du Quebec which was remounted at the Museum of Civilization in 2007.
Neal’s first book of poetry entitled Songs to Kill a Wîhtikow, was nominated for several Saskatchewan book awards including Book of the Year in 2005. It was nominated for Book of the Year at the Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Awards, and won the Poetry Book of the Year by unanimous decision of the jurors.
In 2007 Cree Narrative Memory was published, which was nominated for book of the year at the Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Awards. In the fall of 2008, he published his second book of poetry entitled Gabriel’s Beach. He also recently published Indigenous Poetics in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) for which he received the Gabrielle Roy Prize for literary theory and criticism.
The following books by Neal McLeod are in Press: mitêwâcimowina: Indigenous Science Fiction and Speculative Storytelling (Theytus Books), 100 Days of Cree (University of Regina Press), and cîhcêwêsin: new poetry from indigenous saskatchewan (Hagios Press). He is also working on: the life story of Noel Starblanket (Cree leader), a book of poetry called The Book of Ayâs, a retranslation of Plains Cree Texts, and a history of the Piapot Cree First Nation.
Neal currently lives in Kinistino, Saskatchewan.
Sixteen-year-old D.J. awakens from a coma with no memory of who he is or what happened to him. All he knows is that he was severely beaten and his face is disfigured. D.J.'s grandmother places an unearthly stone necklace around his neck and he begins to recover at a rapid pace. When D.J. has visions about a boy named Jeff and his friend Tim, he starts to piece together the events that landed him in the hospital. The Stone Gift is a tale about standing strong in the face of gang violence while embracing friendship, love, family, and even magic, in order to heal.
Check out this review of The Stone Gift.
Nathan Adler is the author of Wrist, an Indigenous monster story (Spring 2016). He is a writer and an artist who works in many different mediums, including audio, video, film, drawing & painting, as well as glass. He is an MFA candidate for Creative Writing from UBC, currently works as a glass artist, and is working on a second novel and a collection of short stories. He is a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation, and currently resides in Mono, Ontario.
An Indigenous monster story by Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler.
In 1872, dinosaur hunters become embroiled in a battle over the discovery of fossils in Northern Ontario as their excavation crews are driven mad by a bizarre and terrifying illness.
Over a hundred years later, Church and his family show signs of the same monstrous affliction. As he begins to unravel his family's dark history, Church must race to protect the secrets buried deep in bones and blood. Set in the fictional town of Sterling and Ghost Lake Reserve, Wrist is Nathan Adler’s debut novel.
“A forest doesn’t know what the future holds, but it is patient.” I love how Adler solicits the assistance of the natural world in weaving his magical tale - fantastic, captivating from beginning to end. Meet the fantastic world of Adler’s people and follow their journey through Ojibway life and story. Adler peppers the story with the rhythmic sound of Ojibway and it seems to help tell the story in the same way the natural world helps tell the story.”
– Lee Maracle, author of Celia’s Song
"Nathan Adler writes exceptionally well. His words weave together and tell a haunting story that leaves you wanting more."
-Christine Smith (McFarlane), Freelance Journalist
"With a unique voice and narrative, Nathan Adler blends poetic imagery and Anishinaabe story to create something totally new and completely beautiful."
– Cherie Dimaline, author of A Gentle Habit, The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy, and Red Rooms
New collection of humour stories and essays by award-winning author Basil H. Johnston
**Memorial Book Launch for Candies on Sat. May 7th, 2 pm at The Ginger Press, Owen Sound, Ontario**
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.
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
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
Check out this review of Candies.
A Gentle Habit
Short story collection by Cherie Dimaline
"Cherie Dimaline is a fantastic writer, her prose a gorgeous tightrope walk between the traditional and contemporary. One of our most fresh and exciting voices." - Joseph Boyden, author of award-winning novel The Orenda.
The inspiration for the collection comes from American Poet Charles Bukowski who wrote "In between the punctuating agonies, life is such a gentle habit." Following this theme of extraordinary ordinariness, A Gentle Habit is a collection of six new short stories focusing on the addictions of a diverse group of characters attempting normalcy in an unnatural world.
“Cherie Dimaline has strongly established herself as a gifted, essential voice in the vibrant realm of global Indigenous literature. The compelling journeys she creates for her richly complex characters invoke the profound storytelling of her Anishinaabe heritage. With A Gentle Habit, Dimaline delivers yet another beautiful set of influential stories that take modern Indigenous writing on a bold, exciting path forward.” – Waubgeshig Rice, CBC Journalist and author of Midnight Sweatlodge and Legacy.
Cherie Dimaline is an author and editor from the Georgian Bay Métis community. A Gentle Habit is a collection of brilliantly written short stories published by Kegedonce in 2015.
Most recently, Cherie won the Governor General's Award for Young People's Literature and the U.S. Kirkus Award for Young Readers for her 2017 novel, The Marrow Thieves. Her first book, Red Rooms, (Theytus Books, 2007) won Fiction Book of the Year from the Anskohk Aboriginal Book Awards. Her novel, The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy (Theytus Books, 2013), was shortlisted for the 2014 Burt Award.
Cherie has edited numerous publications including Spirit, FNH and Muskrat magazines. Her fiction has been anthologized internationally. Cherie was named the 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year - Ontario Premier's Award, and was named the first Writer in Residence - Aboriginal Literature for the Toronto Public Library.
Cherie currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers' Gathering.
Edited By Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm Co-Published with Huia Publishers, New Zealand.
"This anthology is a great read in the warmth of the sun, encouraging trickles of sweat to flow and your mind to overdose on the intimacies and loving we yearn for It"
The writing in the anthology is overwhelmingly contemporary, although some stories and poems are based on old tales. Ipellie,an Inuit writer based in Ottawa, is one such spinner of tales, including Summit with Sedna, the Mother of Sea Beasts, a story about the coupling of an Inuit shaman and he mythological underwater creature called Sedna. Other stories are thoroughly modern, including 'Year of the Dog', a hilarious and ribald tale about some porno addicts in the contemporary Northwest Territories. The really hot stuff, however, tends to be found in poems.
Check out this review of Without Reservation.
W'daub Awae: Speaking True
By Author: Warren Cariou
W'daub Awae: Speaking True - a Kegedonce Press anthology- brings together some of Canada's strongest and best loved voices on the aboriginal writing scene. Edited by Warren Cariou. It includes new writing by: Gregory Scofield, Richard Van Camp, Marilyn Dumont, Al Hunter, Joanne Arnott, Daniel Heath Justice and all your other favourite Kegedonce Press authors. Introduced and edited by the well-respected Warren Cariou, this anthology will become a classic in no time.
This anthology is a celebration of those extraordinary successes that Kegedonce has had since 1993, and of the pivotal role it has played in the recent history of Canada's Aboriginal literature. But for me, W'daub Awae is equally a pointer toward the future, a sign of the incredible diversity and vividness and powerful language that we can look forward to from Kegedonce in the years to come. Each piece represented here is only one small part of the extraordinary work that all of these writers will continue to produce in the future. (excerpt from Warren Cariou's intro to the collection)
Warren Cariou has written fiction and nonfiction about his home community in northwestern Saskatchewan, including Lake of the Prairies, which won the Drainie-Taylor Prize and was nominated for several other prizes. He teaches Aboriginal literature at the University of Manitoba where he also directs the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture.