Niigaanwewidam Sinclair on why you should read Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island

Every day in June, an Indigenous writer will recommend a book they love by a First Nations, Métis or Inuit author from Canada.
Niigaanwewidam Sinclair is the co-author of the graphic novel The Loxleys and Confederation. (Niigaanwewidam Sinclair/WLU Press)

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. 

Niigaanwewidam Sinclair recommends Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories From Turtle Island.

"Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island spans Indigenous literary traditions from north to south and from 'time immemorial' to today. Edited by experts in Indigenous literature and contextualised beautifully, historical writers like E. Pauline Johnson are placed alongside exciting genres like Indigenous Science Fiction — illustrating the vibrancy and innovation of Indigenous storytelling across time, space and politics. If you want a primer on Indigenous cultural expressions, this is for you. If you want deft, detailed stories in Indigenous written, oral and graphic traditions, these will expand your thinking. Read, Listen, Tell will make you laugh, dream and search for more."

Niigaanwewidam Sinclair is Anishinaabe and an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine's Canada's Top 20 Most Influential People and one of CBC Manitoba's Future 40. He is the co-author of the graphic novel The Loxleys and Confederation and his book on Anishinaabe literary traditions will be coming out in 2018.


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