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One Book One London 2018/2019

One Book One London

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The Marrow Thieves cover art

The Marrow Thieves

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About the author
Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline, is a Toronto-based writer of the Georgian Bay Métis Nation. Her "young adult" novel The Marrow Thieves (2017) speaks vividly to present day injustices through a vision of a dystopian future, and was awarded a Governor General's Award for English-language children's literature, as well as the prestigious Kirkus Prize (US $50,000) in the young adult literature category. Her first novel, Red Rooms (2011) won the Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival, and she was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier's Awards for Excellence in Arts in 2014. She is also the author of two recent novels, The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy (2013) and A Gentle Habit (2015). She is the founding editor of Muskrat Magazine, an online indigenous publication focusing on sovereignty, culture and the celebration of community excellence, and served as the first indigenous writer-in-residence for the Toronto Public Library in 2014-2015. Ms. Dimaline is well-known for her eagerness to work with young writers, and for her abiding interest in "community," which is, she has said, "where my stories come from and . . . also where my responsibilities lie."

Storytelling through Zines: Workshop with Jenna Rose Sands

Jenna Rose Sands is a Cree Ojibwe artist who is turning her emotional exhaustion over the current state of Indigenous affairs into informative zines that educate and question wide spread prejudice regarding Indigenous people. Jenna Rose focuses the experiences and stories in each zine on a different atrocity endured by the Indigenous people of Canada and pairs it with colourful mixed media works for a final result that is both powerful and visually engaging. Seeking to create new dialogue around important issues is a key element within her work. Find her work here: atrocitiesagainstindigenouscanadians.com

Learn how to tell stories through zines! Create your own zine and contribute to our One Book One London Zine by adding a page about your response to The Marrow Thieves. Facilitated by Jenna Rose Sands, a Cree Ojibwe artist who lives in London.

Location Date Time Details Link
Landon Tuesday, Jan. 15 6:30pm - 8:30pm Adult Workshop Go to Program Listing
Beacock Saturday, Feb. 2 2pm - 4pm Youth Workshop* Go to Program Listing
Cultural Resilience in the Marrow Thieves

Sara Mai Chitty is Anishinaabe and a member of Alderville First Nation. She is an educator and freelance journalist focused on Indigenous storytelling and practices based out of London, Ontario. She holds a master's in journalism from Western University and has spent most of her career working in not-for-profits and for community based media. She is the Indigenous Transitions and Learning Advisor at Fanshawe College's First Nations Centre and also teaches part time.

The Marrow Thieves is a story about cultural resilience. Cherie Dimaline infused many elements of Anishinaabe culture through this story. Come learn more about these elements and their cultural significance while enjoying a dance demonstration and traditional food.

Location Date Time Link
Central Thursday, Jan. 24 6:30pm - 8:30pm Program not yet listed
Bridging the Gap: Discussing Indigenous Issues and Culture with Indigenous People

What is something you've always wanted to know about Indigenous issues or culture but didn't know who or how to ask? Come join us for a night of learning as we listen to a panel of local Indigenous guests address the questions we've collected from the community and enjoy traditional food together.

Note: we may not be able to answer all questions directly at this program but we will do our best.

Location Date Time
Central Thursday, Feb. 28 6:30pm - 8:30pm
An evening with author Cherie Dimaline

Join us for a night of stories, music and more with author Cherie Dimaline and special guests. Book sale and signing to follow.

Location Date Time
Wolf Performance Hall Thursday, March 4 7pm - 9pm

Library Spotlight: Indigenous Canadian Authors

The titles featured respectfully represent the works of current, contemporary and Canadian Indigenous authors and artists as recommended by Indigenous authors, scholars and artists.

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Jenna Rose Sands

Artwork (multimedia collage on paper) by Jenna Rose Sands and inspired by The Marrow Thieves. The original work is on display on the main floor of Central Library.