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Book Launch: Blair Stonechild & Louise Bernice Halfe
May 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In celebration of the First Nations University’s 40th anniversary, University of Regina Press & Coteau Books are pleased to present a dual book launch for Blair Stonechild’s The Knowledge Seeker and Louise Bernice Halfe’s Burning in this Midnight Dream.
When: Monday, May 9th, 7 pm
Where: First Nations University, Commons Area
Admission is free, all are welcome, and light refreshments will be provided.
Book sales and signing will also be available.
Blair Stonechild will be launching his new work, The Knowledge Seeker: Embracing Indigenous Spirituality. In The Knowledge Seeker, Blair Stonechild shares his sixty-year journey of learning – from residential school to PhD and beyond – while trying to find a place for Indigenous spirituality in the classroom. Encouraged by an Elder who insisted sacred information be written down, Stonechild explores the underlying philosophy of his people’s teachings to demonstrate that Indigenous spirituality can speak to our urgent, contemporary concerns.
Louise Bernice Halfe will be launching her new poetry collection, Burning in this Midnight Dream. Burning in this Midnight Dream is the latest collection of poems by Louise Bernice Halfe. Many were written in response to the grim tide of emotions, memories, dreams and nightmares that arose in her as the Truth and Reconciliation process unfolded. With fearlessly wrought verse, Halfe describes how the experience of the residential schools continues to haunt those who survive, and how the effects pass like a virus from one generation to the next. She asks us to consider the damage done to children taken from their families, to families mourning their children; damage done to entire communities and to ancient cultures.
Nickita Longman (University of Regina Press)
Mackenzie Hamon (Coteau Books)