Alicia Elliott recommends The Stone Collection by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

In recognition of Indigenous Book Club Month, every day in June an Indigenous writer recommended a book they love by a First Nations, Métis or Inuit author from Canada.
In 2015, Alicia Elliott was selected as an emerging writer by the Banff Centre for the Arts' Indigenous Writing program. (Twitter/Portage & Main Press)

June was Indigenous Book Club Month.  Every day in June, CBC Books published a recommendation from an Indigenous writer for a book by another Indigenous author.

Alicia Elliott recommends The Stone Collection by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm.

"I expected some of Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm's tenderly-rendered short stories to break my heart, and they did. What I didn't expect was for those same stories to put my heart back together. The Stone Collection explores the lives and loves of Anishinaabe people with so much care it made me openly and very awkwardly weep basically every place I read it — but it also made me laugh, think and hope. My advice: read this book slow. Writing like this deserves to be savoured."

Alicia Elliott is a Haudenosaunee writer who lives in Brantford, Ont. She's contributed writing to Room Magazine, The Malahat Review and The Toast.


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