New or upcoming releases by indigenous authors.
New or Upcoming Releases
Duncan McCue's memoir, The Shoe Boy, was recently released by Nonvella Press.
“At age 17, Duncan McCue spent five months in a hunting cabin with a James Bay Cree family. His coming-of-age memoir of those days is frank, funny and evocative. It’s also a beautiful sketch of the landscape and culture of the Cree— a nation still recovering from massive hydroelectric projects that flooded over 11,000 square kilometres of their traditional territory.
His story deftly entwines the challenges of identity for First Nations youth, the sexual frustration and hopeful confusion of the teenage years, and the realities of living in an enduring state of culture shock”
Order McCue's The Shoe Boy from the publisher, Nonvella.
Linda Legarde Grover recently released her novel, The Road Back to Sweetgrass, through the University of Minnesota Press.
“Set in northern Minnesota, The Road Back to Sweetgrass follows Dale Ann, Theresa, and Margie, a trio of American Indian women, from the 1970s to the present, observing their coming of age and the intersection of their lives as they navigate love, economic hardship, loss, and changing family dynamics on the fictional Mozhay Point reservation. As young women, all three leave their homes. Margie and Theresa go to Duluth for college and work; there Theresa gets to know a handsome Indian boy, Michael Washington, who invites her home to the Sweetgrass land allotment to meet his father, Zho Wash, who lives in the original allotment cabin. When Margie accompanies her, complicated relationships are set into motion, and tensions over real Indian-ness emerge.”
Buy The Road Back to Sweetgrass at Powell's or IndieBound.
The prolific Joseph Bruchac released his latest novel, Brothers of the Buffalo, through Fulcrum Publishing.
"A captivating and historical story of two young men on opposing sides of war. In 1874, the U.S. Army sent troops to subdue and move the Native Americans of the southern plains to reservations. Brothers of the Buffalo follows Private Washington Vance Jr., an African-American calvaryman, and Wolf, a Cheyenne warrior, during the brief and brutal war that followed. Filled with action and suspense from both sides of the battle, this is a tale of conflict and unlikely friendship in the Wild West."
Buy Bruchac's Brothers of the Buffalo at Powell's or IndieBound.
Erika T. Wurth's new book of poetry, A Thousand Horses Out to Sea, is set to be released January 15, 2017, by Mongrel Empire Press.
"A Thousand Horses Out to Sea, is a dark, feminine collection of poetry. There is song here, stomp dance and corrido and deep, sad lyricism. The poems range from prose to semi-narrative, but each one shows us a unique portrait of human life. Set mainly in desert Southwest, inside the glittering Indian city of Albuquerque, the lives in these poems are full of cruelty, beauty, and pain. This book [...] reveals the strange, intimate space that sex creates, and illuminates what happens when you try to reach towards something else, and transcend into beauty amidst the bruised flower of love."
Pre-orders will soon be available at Mongrel Empire Press and Amazon.
Earlier this year, Stephen Graham Jones released his latest novel, Mongrels, as a hardcover edition through William Morrow. On January 24, 2017, he will release Mongrels as a paperback.
Mongrels is "[a] compelling and fascinating journey [as it] alternates between past and present to create an unforgettable portrait of a boy trying to understand his family and his place in a complex and unforgiving world. A smart and innovative story— funny, bloody, raw, and real—told in a rhythmic voice full of heart, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, novel that illuminates the challenges and tender joys of a life beyond the ordinary in a bold and imaginative new way."
Gregory Scofield's new book of poetry, Witness, I Am, was released this last October by Nightwood Editions.
"Witness, I Am is divided into three gripping sections of new poetry from one of Canada’s most recognized poets. The first part of the book, 'Dangerous Sound,' contains contemporary themed poems about identity and belonging, undone and rendered into modern sound poetry. 'Muskrat Woman,' the middle part of the book, is a breathtaking epic poem that considers the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women through the reimagining and retelling of a sacred Cree creation story. The final section of the book, 'Ghost Dance,' raids the autobiographical so often found in Scofield’s poetry, weaving the personal and universal into a tapestry of sharp poetic luminosity."