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The Theory of Crows 

A novel by David A. Robertson.

David A. Robertson

Deep in the night, Matthew paces the house, unable to rest. Though his sixteen-year-old daughter, Holly, lies sleeping on the other side of the bedroom door, she is light years away from him. How can he bridge the gap between them when he can't shake the emptiness he feels inside? Holly knows her father is drifting further from her; what she doesn't understand is why. Could it be her fault that he seems intent on throwing everything away, including their relationship?

Following a devastating tragedy, Matthew and Holly head out onto the land in search of a long-lost cabin on the family trapline, miles from the Cree community they once called home. But each of them is searching for something more than a place. Matthew hopes to reconnect with the father he has just lost; Holly goes with him because she knows the father she is afraid of losing won't be able to walk away.

When things go wrong during the journey, they find they have only each other to turn to for support. What happens to father and daughter on the land will test them, and eventually heal them, in ways they never thought possible. (From Harper Perennial)

David A. Robertson is an author and graphic novelist based in Winnipeg. The multi-talented writer of Swampy Cree heritage has published 28 books across a variety of genres, including picture books On the Trapline and When We Were Alone, graphic novel Breakdown, and his memoir Black Water, which won two 2021 Manitoba Book Awards.

Robertson is the winner of the 2021 Freedom to Read Award. He was also the host of the CBC Edmonton podcast Kiwew.

Robertson curated a reading list about residential schools on Twitter, then adapted the list for CBC Books.

Interviews with David A. Robertson

The path to healing and reconciliation in Canada

1 year ago
Duration 2:21
A visual essay by award-winning Cree author David A. Robertson and Anishinaabe filmmaker Jordan Molaro reflecting on the path toward healing and reconciliation in Canada.

David A. Robertson browses for comics at Maxx Collectibles in Winnipeg, Man.

4 years ago
Duration 4:48
David A. Robertson is the author of numerous graphic novels, including Will I See?, Betty and Sugar Falls. CBC Books caught up with Robertson at his local comic book store to learn about the comic books he loved reading as a kid.
David A. Robertson has released over 25 books since his first publication six years ago. If the graphic novel, memoir, podcast and fantasy series he's released this fall has anything to say about whether or not he is slowing down… well, he's not. David talks to Tom Power about his first memoir, 'Black Water,' where he ventures into the most personal storytelling of his career
Award-winning Cree author David A. Roberson journeys to his family's ancestral trapline with his father in his emotional memoir Black Water.
Winnipeg author David A. Robertson lost his father right before the global pandemic began. He tells Marcy how he still feels connected to his father -- through his work, and through little mundane moments as he works through his own grief.
Canadian author David A. Robertson spoke with Tom Power about winning his second Governor General's Literary Award for his picture book On the Trapline, illustrated by Julie Flett.

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