At noon on May 5th, the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association is launching #ReadAtlantic Indigenous VOICES, with an Author to Author interview between Newfoundland Mi’kmaq poets Shannon Webb-Campbell and Douglas Walbourne-Gough.
VOICES is an author interview series that aims to amplify the expert voices of authors from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in Canadian literature. This spring we are highlighting the work of Indigenous authors with Atlantic Canadian connections, featuring the work of authors and illustrators, who will share their experiences and unique insights in the local literary community.
Sixty-three titles by Indigenous creators are featured in the Indigenous VOICES collection at https://atlanticbooks.ca/. Daniel Paul’s history, We Were Not the Savages, is a deep dive into Atlantic Canadian colonial history, from a Mi’kmaw perspective. Michael Isaac and Dozay Arlene Christmas’ How the Cougar Came to be Called the Ghost Cat explores stories of assimilation and marginalization, told in illustrated parable form for children. shalan joudry’s Waking Ground explores nature, human reconciliation with nature, the resilience of Mi’kmaw culture and the collective work of healing.
VOICES will feature creator-to-creator conversations between Indigenous authors; including Shannon Webb-Campbell and Douglas Walbourne-Gough, shalan joudry and Rebecca Thomas, Alan Syliboy and Jackie Traverse. This formats allows for an honest, intimate expression of realities facing Indigenous creators, learnings and growth, the importance of connection within the community. It will also highlight books in the collection with staff picks and social media posts.