Throughout their youth, Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter wrote poetry with their mother, 2018 Harbourfront Festival Prize winner, Lee Maracle. The three always dreamed that one day they would write a book together. Hope Matters is the result of that dream. This event is an eagerly-awaited family affair, featuring the work of the poets, recited in their own distinct voices; followed by an in-depth discussion about the book with moderator Roseanna Deerchild, its look at Indigenous peoples from colonial beginnings to reconciliation and the authors’ very personal journeys in creating it. Hosted by Erin Balser.
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Erin Balser is a writer and producer with CBC Books and Canada Reads. She is a regular columnist for several CBC shows and her work has aired on CBC Radio One’s As It Happens, Q, The Next Chapter and Here and Now. Balser is also the author of two books about television.
Columpa Bobb is an award-winning theatre performer, producer, director and playwright. For more than a decade, Columpa ran Canada’s largest and most extensive empowerment through the arts training program for Indigenous youth in Winnipeg, which culminated in the creation of Urban Indigenous Theatre Company, Manitoba’s only professional theatre organization by and for Indigenous people. Columpa is a co-author of Hope Matters, written collaboratively with her mother Lee Maracle and sister Tania Carter.
Tania Carter is an actor, playwright and poet whose work has appeared in anthologies and scholarly journals. A member of the Sto:lo Nation, she holds a BA in World Literature and a Masters Degree in Theatre, with a specialization in Playwriting. Tania is a co-author of Hope Matters, written collaboratively with her mother Lee Maracle and sister Columpa Bobb. After living in Toronto for 20 years, she now lives in British Columbia.
Rosanna Deerchild has been storytelling for more than 20 years, most recently as host of CBC Radio One's Unreserved, a show that shares the stories, music and culture of Indigenous Canada. She is an award-winning author and poet. Her debut poetry collection this is a small northern town shares her reflections of growing up in a racially divided place. Her second book, calling down the sky, is her mother's Residential School survivor story. A Cree from O-Pipon-Na-Piwan Cree Nation at South Indian Lake in northern Manitoba, Rosanna now lives and works in her found home of North End, Winnipeg.
Lee Maracle is the author of numerous critically acclaimed works, including My Conversations with Canadians, finalist for the Toronto Book Award and the First Nation Communities READ Award. Her latest book is Hope Matters, written collaboratively with daughters Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter. Maracle has received many awards and recognitions including, most recently, the Blue Metropolis Festival First Peoples Prize and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. Maracle is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. A member of the Sto:lo Nation, Maracle lives in Toronto and teaches at the University of Toronto.