news | Tuesday May 11, 2021
Talonbooks is so pleased to welcome the co-publication with Franco-Ontarian publisher Prise de Parole of Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show / Le Wild West Show de Gabriel Dumont, a bilingual book enhanced with a historical background, a chronology of the Métis Resistances, and visual documents.
Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show is a flamboyant epic, constructed as a series of tableaux, about the struggles of the Métis in the Canadian West. It is a multilayered and entertaining saga with a rodeo vibe, loosely based on Buffalo Bill’s legendary outdoor travelling show. In 1885, following the hanging of his friend Louis Riel, bison hunter Gabriel Dumont fled to the United States. There he was recruited by the legendary Buffalo Bill, founder of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, a gigantic outdoor travelling show that re-enacted life in the American West. It made a huge impression on Dumont, and he dreamed of putting together a similar show to tell the story of the struggle of the Métis to reclaim their rights.
The creative team behind Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show – including fifteen authors and translators, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, French- and English-speaking men and women – brings Dumont’s dream to life in a captivating, joyously anachronistic saga.
Listen to Jean Marc Dalpé, David Granger, and Charles Simard discussing Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show on air with Radio-Canada’s Mireille Langlois here.
Pick up your copy of Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show today!