My Conversations With Canadians by Lee Maracle

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My Conversations With Canadians by Lee Maracle

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My Conversations With Canadians is the book that “Canada 150” needs.

On her first book tour at the age of 26, Lee Maracle was asked a question from the audience, one she couldn’t possibly answer at that moment. But she has been thinking about it ever since. As time has passed, she has been asked countless similar questions, all of them too big to answer, but not too large to contemplate. These questions, which touch upon subjects such as citizenship, segregation, labour, law, prejudice and reconciliation (to name a few), are the heart of My Conversations with Canadians.

In prose essays that are both conversational and direct, Maracle seeks not to provide any answers to these questions she has lived with for so long. Rather, she thinks through each one using a multitude of experiences she’s had as a First Nations leader, a woman, a mother, and grandmother over the course of her life. Lee Maracle’s My Conversations with Canadians presents a tour de force exploration into the writer’s own history and a reimagining of the future of our nation.

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Praise for Lee Maracle:

“The topics she covers, the approaches she employs, and the strength of her language highlight the reasons the author has been a driving force in Canadian aboriginal culture for decades.”
Quill and Quire

“[A]t this fertile moment for change in the relationship between Canada’s indigenous and nonindigenous peoples, Lee Maracle’s new collection of oratories… takes on even greater significance.”
The Georgia Straight

Press Coverage for My Conversations with Canadians:

Lee Maracle Conversation 10: On Appropriation, an excerpt from My Conversations with Canadians: —Lemon Hound

“My Conversations With Canadians… offer[s] strength and solidarity to Indigenous readers, and a generous guide to ally-ship for non-Indigenous readers. For the latter, these books will unsettle, but to engage in ally-ship is to commit to being unsettled – all the time.” —Carleigh Baker, The Globe and Mail

Most Anticipated: Our Fall 2017 Non-Fiction Preview —49th Shelf

Fall Preview 2017: Non-fiction —Quill and Quire

Twenty-Five must-read books this fall —Toronto Star

CanLit at a crossroads: Four writers on the state of our country’s literature —Toronto Star

“As challenging as these “conversations” may be for some Canadians, the harshness pales in comparison to the abuses endured at residential schools. Readers will not be stripped naked, deloused, and then shaved bald on their first day of school. Only the readers’ false notions will be stripped away.” —Darrell Doxtdator, Hamilton Review of Books

Activist Lee Maracle On Why Every Question Is Worth Answering (Even If It’s Racist) —Chatelaine

Lee Maracle & others head to Kingston Writers’ Festival —The Queen’s University Journal

A life of questions answered in new book: An Interview with Lee Maracle —Pique Magazine

“I loved this book. I love the way that Maracle peppers her work with allusions to so many incredible Indigenous writers in Canada who are changing the world, sentence by sentence, how My Conversations With Canadians is also the most terrific bibliography. I love how she writes about Indigenous identity, and how Canadian identity is never questioned, or at least not in a non-superficial way.” —Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This

 

North Vancouver–born Lee Maracle is the author of numerous critically acclaimed literary works, including Sundogs, Ravensong, Sojourner’s Truth and Other Stories, Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel, Daughters Are Forever, Will’s Garden, Bent Box, Memory Serves, I Am Woman, and Talking to the Diaspora. She is the coeditor of a number of anthologies, including the award-winning My Home As I Remember. A member of the Sto: Loh nation, Maracle is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the JT Stewart Award, and the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for 2014. Maracle is currently an instructor in the Aboriginal Studies Program at the University of Toronto, where she teaches Oral Tradition. She is also the Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s House and an instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington, and received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University in 2009.

Essais Series No. 4
October 2017 | Nonfiction | Essays
8×6 inches | 168 pages
Condition: New
ISBN 9781771663588
$20.00

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