These three authors examine the hidden secrets with which we live, in family life and in our hometowns. Karen McBride presents her first novel, Crow Winter. She is an Algonquin Anishinaabe writer from the Timiskaming First Nation in the territory that is now Quebec. Drew Hayden Taylor presents Chasing Painted Horses. He is a playwright, short story writer, novelist, journalist, activist for Indigenous rights and TV scriptwriter. Teodor Relijić presents Two. He is a writer of fiction, a freelance feature writer, and culture editor and film critic at MaltaToday. The conversation will be moderated by Wendy O’Brien. Hosted by Tunchai Redvers.
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Karen McBride is an Algonquin Anishinaabe writer from the Timiskaming First Nation in the territory that is now Quebec. She holds a bachelor of arts in music and English, a bachelor of education from the University of Ottawa and a master of arts in creative writing from the University of Toronto. Karen works as an elementary school teacher on her home reserve. Crow Winter is her first novel.
Wendy O'Brien is a Hamilton-based philosopher and avid reader. She was the host of By The Lake Bookclub sponsored by The Humber School for Writers, The City of Toronto and TIFA for ten years. She currently is on the planning committee for Grit Lit as well as runs Bourbon & Books Salon. She teaches at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning where she is currently working on a study of the concept of wonder and the wild.
Tunchai Redvers, known to spirit as White Feather Woman, is a two-spirit social justice warrior, writer, and wanderer belonging to Deninu K’ue First Nation. With Dene, Métis and Scottish roots on her maternal side and English, Italian and Irish roots on her paternal side, she was born and raised in Treaty 8 territory, Northwest Territories. Now living in southern Ontario, she is the co-founder of We Matter, a national organization dedicated to Indigenous youth hope and life promotion. Recognized nationally and internationally for her work, her advocacy and writing centers the reclamation and indigenization of identity, mental health and healing.
Teodor Reljić was born in Belgrade, Serbia and raised in Malta. He writes fiction across various formats, as well as feature articles and film reviews for national media. His debut novel, Two, was published by Merlin in 2014 and was shortlisted for the National Book Prize (Malta) in 2015, while his short film ‘Camilla’ -- which he co-wrote with its director Stephanie Sant -- premiered in 2018 after winning the National Book Council’s Literary Short Film competition. He is currently working on a comic book series, Mibdul (illustrated by Inez Kristina) and a number of scripts for film and TV. Supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Malta.
Drew Hayden Taylor has done many things, most of which he is proud. An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, he has worn many hats in his literary career, from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington, to being Artistic Director of Canada’s premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts. He has been an award-winning playwright, a journalist/columnist, short-story writer, novelist, television scriptwriter and has worked on over 17 documentaries exploring the Native experience. Most notably, he wrote and directed the documentary Redskins, Tricksters and Puppy Stew for the National Film Board of Canada.