Thursday, March 14, 2019
We are excited to be welcoming four Indigenous authors to Surrey. Children will have a chance to meet Nicola Campbell, Wanda John-Kehewin, Michael Kusugak and Richard Van Camp.
Nicola Campbell is Nłeʔkepmx, Syilx and Métis from the Nicola Valley, British Columbia. She is the author of, "Shi-shi-etko", "Shin-chi’s Canoe",and "Grandpa’s Girls" and is the recipient of the 2009 TD Canadian Children’s literature award. "A Day With Yayah", published by Tradewind Books, shares a story of a grandmother passing on important land-based cultural teachings about harvesting traditional foods and medicines to her grandchildren. Nicola writes adult and children’s free-verse poetry, fiction and non-fiction prose and has two books forthcoming in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. Currently, a student at UBC Okanagan, her Ph.D. research draws upon Indigenous scholarship with a focus on contemporary and traditional Indigenous storytelling practices.
Cree poet Wanda John-Kehewin studied criminology, sociology, Aboriginal studies, and creative writing while attending the Writer’s Studio writing program at Simon Fraser University. She uses writing as a therapeutic medium through which to understand and to respond to the near decimation of First Nations culture, language, and tradition. She has been published in Quills, Canadian Poetry Magazine, the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast anthology Salish Seas, and the Writer’s Studio emerge anthology. She has shared her writing on Vancouver Co-op Radio, performed at numerous readings throughout the Lower Mainland, and read for the Writers Union of Canada. She has two books, one published in 2013 called "In The Dog House" and her second which came out October of 2018 called "Seven Sacred Truths". Wanda has two children's grade one and two readers coming out in the fall of 2019.
Michael Kusugak grew up in Repulse Bay, NWT (now Nunavut). During his childhood, his family travelled by dog sled, living a traditional Inuit lifestyle. He is the author of twelve children's books, including, "The Littlest Sled Dog", "The Curse of the Shaman", "T is for Territories", "Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails", winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award, "Hide and Seek", "My Arctic 1, 2, 3", and "Baseball Bats for Christmas", and was co-writer of "A Promise Is a Promise" (with Robert Munsch). Michael Kusugak lives in Sooke BC, and spends most summers in his cabin in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.
Richard Van Camp
Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tłı̨chǫ Dene from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He is the author of two children’s books with the Cree artist George Littlechild: "A Man Called Raven" and "What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses?" His novel, "The Lesser Blessed", is now a feature film with First Generation Films; his collections of short fiction include "Angel Wing Splash Pattern", "The Moon of Letting Go and Other Stories", "Godless but Loyal to Heaven and Night Moves". He is the author of four baby books: "Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns", "Nighty Night: A Bedtime Song for Babies" and "Little You" (now translated into Cree, Dene and South Slavey!) and "We Sang You Home", and he has two comic books out with the Healthy Aboriginal Network: "Kiss Me Deadly" and "Path of the Warrior". His graphic novel, "Three Feathers", is about restorative justice; his new novel, "Whistle", is about mental health and asking for forgiveness and his graphic novel, "The Blue Raven", is about mental health and the power of culture and friends. His Eisner nominated graphic novel, "A Blanket of Butterflies", is about peacemaking where a grandmother is the hero of the story and his latest graphic novel, "Spirit", is about suicide prevention. His latest novella on Reconciliation is "When We Play Our Drums, They Sing!" with McKellar & Martin is also a flip book with Monique Gray-Smith’s "Lucy and Lola". Cinematic adaptations of his work include "Mohawk Midnight Runners", by Zoe Hopkins based on Richard’s short story, "Dogrib Midnight Runners" from "The Moon of Letting Go", Kelvin Redver’s adaptation of “firebear called them faith healers”, and Jay Cardinal Villeneuve’s adaptation of "Hickey Gone Wrong", based on Richard’s comic book with Chris Auchter and "Three Feathers", which is available for viewing in Bush Cree, Dene and South Slavey as well as English, based on his graphic novel.
Generously supported by the Telus Community Grants Program.