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The Power of Story

The Power of Story is a book by Harold R. Johnson.

Harold R. Johnson

The white book cover features the author's name, Harold R. Johnson is blue text at the top, the title "The Power of Story" in yellow text in the middle and the subtitle "On Truth, the Trickster, and New Fictions for a New Era" in red.

In The Power of Story, Johnson explains the role of storytelling in every aspect of human life, from personal identity to history and the social contracts that structure our societies, and illustrates how we can direct its potential to re-create and reform not only our own lives, but the life we share. Companionable, clear-eyed, and, above all, optimistic, Johnson's message is both a dire warning and a direct invitation to each of us to imagine and create, together, the world we want to live in.

The late Harold R. Johnson, a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, was a lawyer and writer whose groundbreaking book Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours) was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for non-fiction. 

Interviews with Harold R. Johnson 

Harold R. Johnson talks to Shelagh Rogers about his life, his writing career and the lessons he's learned.
Harold R. Johnson talks to The Afternoon Edition in Saskatchewan about his dystopian novel.
Harold R. Johnson is a Harvard-educated lawyer, a former crown prosecutor, author and a traditional trap line operator. Johnson spoke with Checkup host Duncan McCue from his home in La Ronge, Sask., about his book.
Harold R. Johnson is an Indigenous crown prosecutor and says alcohol is killing his people. He is urging for a new narrative on alcohol abuse, finding inspiration in those who overcome rather than thinking there are only those who succumb.

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