2017 edition of Turtle Island Reads celebrates the best in Indigenous Canadian writing

Indigenous authors and stories took centre stage Wednesday night with the 2nd annual edition of Turtle Island Reads.

Advocates championed their favourite books during a panel discussion at McGill for the 2nd annual event

It was a full house at this year's Turtle Island Reads event, which highlights the recent works of Indigenous authors. (CBC)

Indigenous authors and stories took centre stage Wednesday night with the second annual edition of Turtle Island Reads.

The event celebrated Indigenous Canadian fiction with a panel discussion on three books including Bearskin Diary by Carol Danies, This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Simpson and Son of a Trickster by Eden Robsinson.

This year's Turtle Island Reads was hosted by author and CBC Ottawa journalist Waubgeshig Rice. CBC Montreal's Nantali Indongo moderated the discussion with book advocates Shannon Webb-Campbell, Moe Clark and Ryan McMahon.

The public event drew about 100 spectators to Tanna Schulich Hall at McGill University and even more online to CBC's various Facebook pages.

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Turtle Island Reads is a CBC collaboration with the Quebec Writers' Federation and McGill University's Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas.

The three books by the contenders are also being donated to all English-language high schools in Quebec.

More about the books and advocates

Shannon Web-Campbell, left, Moe Clark, centre, and Ryan McMahon each championed a book of fiction written by a fellow Indigenous Canadian in the 2017 edition of Turtle Island Reads. (Dayna Danger/Nora Nathoo/K.C. Adams)

Shannon Webb-Campbell, a Montreal poet, writer and critic of mixed Mi'kmaq heritage, was the advocate for Bearskin Diary by Daniels for Turtle Island Reads.

Moe Clark, a Montreal-based Métis poet, touring musician, educator, activist, championed Simpson's recent collection of poems and short stories, This Accident of Being Lost.

Ryan McMahon, an Anishinaabe comedian, podcaster, new media creator and upcoming author, was the advocate for Robinson's novel Son of a Trickster.

Audience members weren't shy to get up and ask questions to the advocates defending their favourite books by Indigenous Canadians. (CBC)

With files from Amanda Klang