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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.
The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
By R. Kolewe
Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.
In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.
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