This Accident of Being Lost

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's collection of stories and songs blends elements of Nishnaabeg storytelling, science fiction and contemporary realism.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

This Accident of Being Lost is the knife-sharp new collection of stories and songs from award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.

These visionary pieces build upon Simpson's powerful use of the fragment as a tool for intervention in her critically acclaimed collection Islands of Decolonial Love. Provocateur and poet, she continually rebirths a decolonized reality, one that circles in and out of time and resists dominant narratives or comfortable categorization.

A crow watches over a deer addicted to road salt; Lake Ontario floods Toronto to remake the world while texting "ARE THEY GETTING IT?"; lovers visit the last remaining corner of the boreal forest; three comrades guerrilla-tap maples in an upper-middle-class neighbourhood; and Kwe gets her firearms license in rural Ontario.

Blending elements of Nishnaabeg storytelling, science fiction, contemporary realism and the lyric voice, This Accident of Being Lost burns with a quiet intensity, like a campfire in your backyard, challenging you to reconsider the world you thought you knew. (From House of Anansi Press)


Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a weath of stories, and ways to tell them. What she doesn't have is a lot of down time. Leanne is a professor, award-winning writer, musician, activist and a mom. Her second album (f)light just came out. 9:27
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's new book of short stories, The Accident of Being Lost, explores the fragmented feelings of being an Indigenous person. 11:46
The storyteller and member of the Alderville First Nation on her collection of stories and poems centred on Anishinaabe experience. 12:58