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Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont chosen for One eRead Canada to celebrate Indigenous History Month

Over 300 libraries across Canada are inviting readers to take out the e-book or e-audiobook edition of Dawn Dumont's short story collection, which will be available to all their patrons for the month of June.
Dawn Dumont is the author of Glass Beads. (Thistledown Press)

To celebrate Indigenous History Month, over 300 libraries across Canada have chosen Plains Cree author and comedian Dawn Dumont's short story collection Glass Beads for their One eRead Canada campaign.

From June 3 to 30, Glass Beads will be available as an e-book or digital audiobook to all patrons of participating libraries, meaning readers will be able to access the book immediately rather than having to join a waiting list.

Select library branches in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Nova Scotia are participating. Collectively, they serve over 20,707,000 Canadians, according to the Toronto Public Library, who is among the participants.

Published in 2017, Dumont's Glass Beads tells the story of four Indigenous friends navigating life off-reserve and wrestling with identity, racism, cultural disinheritance, addictions and friendships.

"We chose Glass Beads for One eRead Canada because it is a book with heart and humour that has broad appeal," said Susan Caron of the Toronto Public Library in an email to CBC Books.

"We hope that it would help continue the national conversation around reconciliation, Indigenous experience and the importance of these stories."

Dumont's previous books include Nobody Cries At Bingo and Rose's Run, which won the 2015 Saskatchewan Book Award for fiction.

To participate in discussions online, readers are encouraged to use the hashtag #1eReadLivrelCanada, participate in a Facebook group run by Vancouver Public Library or watch a Facebook Live event featuring Dumont on June 12.