My grandfather came from a Metis community located a half hour from Neepawa, Laurence's home town. I recall this made me feel special, and a part of the Manitoba story.
—Gregory Scofield, writer
Gregory Scofield is one of Canada's leading Aboriginal writers. He blends storytelling with song, spoken word and the Cree language.
He is the University of Winnipeg's eighth Carol Shields writer-in-residence. Carol Shields was known for mentoring students and encouraging emerging writers.
Since most writers read a lot, SCENE asked Scofield if there was one book that stands out for him.
"The Diviners" by Margaret Laurence (McClelland & Stewart)
A book that impacted me greatly was Margaret Laurence's The Diviners
. I first read the book when I was 21. I was a fledgling writer with dreams of adding my voice to the growing community of Aboriginal writers, in particular the poets.
I was young and full of dreams, full of fight and the poetry to propel Aboriginal writing forward. It worked. And the rest, as they say, is history.
I discovered many years later, the Metis characters in The Diviners
such as Jules Tonnerre, were drawn from the people who lived near Riding Mountain, Manitoba.
My grandfather came from a Metis community located a half hour from Neepawa, Laurence's home town. I recall this made me feel special, and a part of the Manitoba story. Hear Gregory Scofield speak as the University of Winnipeg's 2013 Carol Shields writer-in-residence. He will present Update
Your Status' on Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 pm,
Convocation Hall, 515 Portage Avenue. Scofield will explore the virtual world of Facebook and Twitter while
grappling with the recent Federal Court ruling that the Metis are now
considered "status Indians."
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