Billy-Ray Belcourt's favourite Canadian book of 2018: nîtisânak by Lindsay Nixon
As the year draws to a close, CBC Books is asking Canadian writers for their favourite Canadian titles of 2018. Billy-Ray Belcourt is the author of This Wound is a World, which won the Griffin Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for poetry.
"Lindsay Nixon's nîtisânak is an account of what it is to live entirely in the world that neither romanticizes nor catastrophizes the conditions in which we make joy and suffer. Methodologically, Nixon shows us what a truly intersectional writing looks like as they elucidate a theory of ethical living though the entangled categories of race, gender, sexuality and class. What I love most about this book is its camp aesthetic, which places Nixon in a lineage of queer writers who make use of humour, satire and pop culture to explode the status quo in the service of critique and liberatory thought. Nixon writes of LDN: 'Hearing the city through my bedroom window inspired me to write' — there's a city of emotion in this book too; if you hold it close, you might hear that which will inspire you to love delicately and hard, to use Nixon's language."