Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler recommends 4 books to read for Indigenous Book Club Month
June is Indigenous Book Club Month. CBC Books will publish a recommendation each day from an Indigenous writer for a book written by another Indigenous author.
Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler couldn't restrict himself to just one — he chose four books.
Rose's Run by Dawn Dumont
"I would recommend Rose's Run by Dawn Dumont because it is so much fun to read. It has romance, comedy and elements of the supernatural that show that storytelling by Indigenous people can go beyond getting bogged down in colonialism. And Rose is such an endearing, well-realized character. She is brave and just plain likeable."
Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson
"I would also recommend Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson. It has mystery and suspense and such great characters, you really get drawn into their world."
A Gentle Habit by Cherie Dimaline
"I would recommend A Gentle Habit by Cherie Dimaline, a collection of six stories with thoroughly enjoyable prose, that range from the heart-wrenching to the realistically cruel to the sinister and Gaiman-esque."
The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp
"I would recommend The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp. It's such a great novel that really captures the feeling of being a teenager."
But that's not all...
"I would also recommend Traplines by Eden Robinson. And Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel, I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis, Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway, Witness, I Am by Gregory Scofield, Islands of Decolonial Love by Leanne Simpson, The Stone Collection by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Wild Rice Dreams by Vera Wabegijig, Midnight Sweatlodge by Waubgeshig Rice, Passage by Gwen Benaway, and so many more great writers I could probably keep going..."
Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler published his debut novel, an Indigenous horror story called Wrist, in 2016. He was one of 150 Indigenous artists to receive a $10,000 REVEAL Indigenous Art Award.