So, summer’s over now. There wasn’t much of a break, aside from a nice vacation at Clear Lake with my family, a place we’ve gone since my first daughter was a baby (and a place where I’ve gone since I was a baby, and my mom’s gone since she was a baby). No, much of the summer for me was spent writing away at a new, and exclusive (for now), series coming out for Newfoundland/Labrador. It’s kind of a spin-off from the Tales From Big Spirit series, and, as with that series, I’ve had a fun time writing it (for the most part) and I’ve learned a lot.
That’s one of the great things with writing the graphic novels, and the other literature, I’ve done. In educating others, I’ve educated myself. With this new series, which may be available to the rest of Canada, I’ve learned about the Indigenous People in eastern Canada in a more intimate way. I appreciate the opportunity to do that. So far, I’ve written three scripts out of five, and they’ve addressed Mikak, John Shiwak, and the Caribou Hunt. I’m looking forward to writing the next two, and I’ll keep you updated as to its availability.
Other than that, I’m looking forward to the two new books I have coming out this winter. One of them is already up on my publisher’s website for pre-order, When We Were Alone. It’s a way for parents and teachers to talk about the residential school system and its impact with kids. I think doing that is very important, especially at a young age. As important as learning math, which we do teach our youth. This is our history, not Indigenous history. All of ours. The first review came up on Goodreads today. Check it out:
“This is a quiet picture book, that sneaks up on you. There are two levels here, one of a young child asking her grandmother, her kókom, why she does things the way she does. Why does she dress in bright colors, why does she wear a long braid, why does she speak in Cree?
And very simply, her kókom explains about the residential schools where these things were all forbidden.
The residential schools were a horrid part of history, and it is important for children, and adults, to realize that real people were hurt by this policy, and its legacy. It is so good that publishers are coming out with stories to tell about this, and being written by Indigenous people as well, as who better to tell their own story.
Highly recommend this book as a beautiful picture book for libraries, schools, and home libraries. This author has also been doing graphic novels of First Nation history, which are amazing as well.
Brovo to High Water Press for this, and other books they have been brining out about the First Nation experience.”
You can find the review right here.
The other book I have coming out is still top secret. Sorry. But it’ll be worth it, trust me.