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First Nation Communities Read is an annual reading program that encourages family literacy, intergenerational storytelling, and intergenerational information sharing. Books on the annual reading list are written and/or illustrated by or otherwise involve the participation of a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit creators, support, or endorsement. Launched in 2003 by the First Nations public library community in Ontario, this program celebrates its ten-year anniversary this year!
Above: The 2013–2014 First Nation Communities Read reading list is presented as a gorgeous poster.
The reading list includes such authors as Thomas King, Joseph Boyden, Drew Hayden Taylor, and Richard Wagamese. The reading list also includes Discovery Passages, by our own Garry Thomas Morse, and Unearthed (Leaf Press) by Janet Marie Rogers. The full reading list is available as a PDF, here.
You can support the First Nation Communities Read by purchasing some or all of the 2013–2014 featured titles from GoodMinds, the program’s official wholesaler.
More information about First Nation Communities Read is available on the Southern Ontario Library Service website.
Critically acclaimed poet and Vancouver native Adeena Karasick was in her hometown last month to celebrate the donation of her archive to Simon Fraser University. The Collection of Contemporary Literature at SFU’s Bennett Library contains one of the biggest selections of avant-garde poetry in North America.Friday March 17, 2017 in Meta-Talon
All the main characters in this novel are invented, except one. All the towns are real, except for New Babylon. But if such a place were to be imagined, it would be a Wild West town where gunfights are fair play and the law bans only the lawman. It is a perilous place, where the beauty of the desert landscape takes your breath away with the same power as an open blade and a gash to the throat.
On that gruesome note, we hope you enjoy this teaser, lifted from pages 36–38 of In Search of New Babylon.Thursday March 2, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Today on Meta-Talon, please enjoy a very short story from M.A.C. Farrant’s book The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice.
Annual Day happens once a year and it is never good. This year the date is March 2.Thursday February 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Migration – the movement of humans from one place to another with the intention of settling – has been top of mind in recent weeks given certain political changes and policy implementations in certain western countries, in recent months in response to the failure of state in Syria and the outflow of refugees from that region, and in recent years characterized by a heightened sensitivity to the possibility of east-west terrorist attacks. Perhaps Canada is a beacon to other states? Or perhaps we still have much learning to do? In the spirit of learning, we recommend twelve Talon books on the topic of migration, refugees, and the immigrant experience.
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