Monday February 02, 2015

Lee Maracle, Kamal Al-Solaylee

From the cover of "Celia's Song" by Lee Maracle

From the cover of "Celia's Song" by Lee Maracle

In this episode:

* Lee Maracle on Celia's Song
* Lennie Gallant on The Lord God Bird by Tom Gallant
* Kamal Al-Solaylee on Intolerable. It's a contender in Canada Reads 2015.
* How I Wrote It: Marissa Stapley on Mating for Life
* David Bergen, author of Leaving Tomorrow, answers the Proust Questionnaire

TNC - February 2, 2015

"Celia's Song" by Lee Maracle, "The Lord God Bird" by Tom Gallant, "Intolerable" by Kamal Al-Solaylee, "Mating for Life" by Marissa Stapley, "Leaving Tomorrow" by David Bergen


Lee Maracle

Lee Maracle (Columpa Bobb)

Shelagh's extended conversation with Lee Maracle

In our occasional series "Master Class", we meet the all-stars of Canadian writing, authors with remarkable skills and years of experience, both in writing and in life.

Lee Maracle fits that bill. If you look her up in the Canadian Encyclopedia, it says she's one of "Canada's most prolific Aboriginal writers."  Lee is also a teacher, a life-long political activist, and an expert on First Nations culture and history. She was born in 1950 and grew up in North Vancouver. Her mother was Metis, her father Salish, and Lee is one of twenty-three siblings.

Lee published her first book in 1975. It was an autobiographical novel called Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel, and it was one of the first Aboriginal works published in Canada. Since then Lee has written award-winning and critically acclaimed books in almost every genre. To date, she's published twelve books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and short stories.  She laid the groundwork for a generation of indigenous writers.

Lee uses traditional myths as a framework to spin modern tales that tackle issues of race, gender, and class. Her newest book is called Celia's Song and it offers a glimpse at people at their rawest and the restorative power of traditions.

We hope you enjoy this extended version of Shelagh's conversation with Lee Maracle.