Honouring Indigenous Writers 2021

This year the Honouring Indigenous Writers (HIW) organizing team has put together an exciting schedule of events starting this week and continuing throughout the month of March. Please join us for author readings, panel discussions, and the Honouring Indigenous Writers Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, inspired by Daniel Heath Justice’s twitter campaign of the same name.

These events and activities are free and open to anyone to participate. Events kick off with a reading from Smokii Sumac and discussion with Daniel Heath Justice on February 24th at 7:00pm (PST, Vancouver time).  You can learn more about all the events planned at the HIW home page, and at the HIW Wikipedia Meetup Page.

Check out some of the amazing resources at UBC Library and warm up for this invaluable event:

Xwi7xwa Library collections and services reflect Aboriginal approaches to teaching, learning, and research. Their thorough and thoughtfully designed multidisciplinary Research Guides support students and faculty in different UBC Programs and Faculties across the campus.

Looking forward to the Kick-off event?  Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, by Daniel Heath Justice informs this event and can be accessed online.  Borrow Smokii Sumacs‘ book You are Enough: Love poems in print format from one of our branches, and explore Xwi7xwa’s guide on Two-Spirit & Indigenous Queer Studies. If you love the theme, you can also find some loveable reads here.

Can’t wait to attend the Children’s Author Reading with Richard Van Camp? Get acquainted with the theme by visiting Xwi7xwa Library’s guide to Indigenous Children’s Literature and check out some of the books by the author available at the library.

little you coverLittle you = Kîya-k’apisîsisîyân, by Richard Van Camp, with illustrations by Julie Flett and translation by Mary Cardinal Collins.

Get ready for a Reading with Marilyn Dumont by checking out some of her award-winning poetry collections.

Tenille K. Campbell’s forthcoming book of poetry, nedi nezu (Good Medicine) is the Honouring Indigenous Writers book club selection this year. The book will be available March 2, 2021, and can be pre-ordered from event partner, Iron Dog Books. Grab your copy and get ready for Tenille’s reading and discussion on March 24th at 7:00pm PST. You can also borrow her award-winning book #IndianLovePoems using the UBC Library Materials Pick-Up Service.

Check out some other Indigenous Writer’s titles available at Koerner Library:

A History of My Brief Body, by Billy-Ray Belcourt.
Love beyond body, space, and time : an Indigenous LGBT sci-fi anthology, edited by Hope Nilson
The Swan Book, by Alexis Wright
Feed, by Tommy Pico
At Geronimo’s Grave, by Armand Garnet Ruffo
Sarah’s Children, by Anne Cameron
 Mother/Land, by Cheryl Savageau

You can also find playwrights and scripts written by Indigenous writers using the North American Indian Drama database, and watch Indigenous Cinema browsing the National Film Board database.

There is still a lot to explore. Indigenous writers are to be celebrated and read at UBC Library throughout the entire year!

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