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Fall reading list: Unreserved has book picks to keep you cozy

After a big snowstorm in Manitoba took out power lines and felled trees, our intrepid host slipped and sprained her ankle. So it seems like the perfect time for Rosanna to put her feet up, relax, and read a pile of books by Indigenous authors.
With a snowstorm outside and a sprained ankle, Rosanna was ready to cozy up and read a nice book (or several) and share them with you. (Anna Lazowski/CBC)

After a big snowstorm in Manitoba took out power lines and felled trees, our intrepid host slipped and sprained her ankle. So it seems like the perfect time for Rosanna to put her feet up, relax, and read a pile of books by Indigenous authors.

Michif writer and scholar Jesse Thistle has won many awards for his work. But he has his own story to tell — and it's personal and painful. Since its release, Thistle's memoir, From the Ashes, has been on the Canadian bestseller list. He explains how he actually had no intention of writing it.

Crow Winter, Algonquin Anishinaabe writer Karen McBride's first novel, focuses on Hazel Ellis. Her visions of a crow call her to action over a quarry that could be developed into a mine near her reserve. McBride explains how writing the book helped her through the loss of her father. 

Michael Hutchinson's first book in the Mighty Muskrat Mystery series called, The Case of Windy Lake, is inspired by the Hardy Boys series. But where it diverges is in its handling of contemporary issues that matter to Indigenous people.

Many more of our favourite authors were at Wordfest in Calgary this week — the CBC's Jennifer Keene caught up with a few of them to give us book recommendations from their favourite Indigenous writers.

This week's playlist: 
nêhiyawak. (Levi Manchak)

nêhiyawak — ôtênaw

Elisapie — Ton Vieux Nom

Celeigh Cardinal — Do You Know

Robbie Robertson feat. Van Morrison — I Hear You Paint Houses

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