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Making Love with the Land

A work of nonfiction by Joshua Whitehead.

Joshua Whitehead

In the last few years, following the publication of his debut novel Jonny Appleseed, Joshua Whitehead has emerged as one of the most exciting and important new voices on Turtle Island. Now, in this first nonfiction work, Whitehead brilliantly explores Indigeneity, queerness and the relationships between body, language and land through a variety of genres (essay, memoir, notes, confession). Making Love with the Land is a startling, heartwrenching look at what it means to live as a queer Indigenous person "in the rupture" between identities. In sharp, surprising, unique pieces — a number of which have already won awards — Whitehead illuminates this particular moment, in which both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples are navigating new (and old) ideas about "the land." He asks: What is our relationship and responsibility towards it? And how has the land shaped our ideas, our histories, our very bodies?

Here is an intellectually thrilling, emotionally captivating love song — a powerful revelation about the library of stories land and body hold together, waiting to be unearthed and summoned into word. (From Knopf Canada)

Interviews with the author

We revisit Shelagh's interview with Joshua Whitehead on his book Jonny Appleseed. The novel is a 2021 Canada Reads selection.
Canada Reads champions Devery Jacobs and Joshua Whitehead joined Tom Power to talk about winning this year's battle of the books with Whitehead's debut novel Jonny Appleseed.
Joshua Whitehead and Darcie Little Badger talk to Shelagh Rogers about Love After The End.

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