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Canada Reads author Tracey Lindberg to discuss novel Birdie at Thunder Bay event

Canada Reads author Tracey Lindberg will discuss her novel Birdie, and this year's theme of starting over, with CBC Thunder Bay's Cathy Alex, at a free public event at the Waverley public library auditorium on Mon. March 7 at 7 p.m.

Edmonton-based Aboriginal law professor will share how theme of starting over is reflected in book

Tracey Lindberg's first novel, Birdie, is one of five books in the running for CBC's Canada Reads 2016. (HarperCollins Canada)

Canada Reads author Tracey Lindberg will discuss her novel Birdie, and this year's theme of starting over, with CBC Thunder Bay's Cathy Alex, at a free public event at the Waverley public library auditorium on Mon. March 7 at 7 p.m.

Lindberg will also do a reading from the book, and will take questions from the audience.

Birdie is Lindberg's first novel. The darkly comic story tells the tale of Bernice Meetoos, who leaves her First Nations home in northern Alberta and heads to B.C., partly in the hope of meeting Jesse from CBC TV's The Beachcombers.

But Birdie's journey is not only about the physical distance she travels. It is also about the travels she takes through her own memories, in a search for understanding about where she is from, who she is, and who she wants to be.

Lindberg hails from the Kelly Lake Cree nation west of Grande Prairie, Alta.

The Edmonton-based law professor is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, and the first Indigenous woman in Canada to complete her graduate law degree at Harvard University.

Birdie is on the shortlist for Canada Reads and will be defended by Bruce Poon Tip. 

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