2024 Festival:
October 21–27
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Hunting by Stars: Cherie Dimaline in Conversation with David A. Robertson

The Marrow Thieves is a slim volume with a sweeping story and expansive impact. Since publication in 2017, it has won multiple awards, been mentioned in countless “best of” lists, and remained firmly on the bestseller list for not only months, but years. It demonstrated that Cherie Dimaline is an astonishing literary gift; one of the most influential writers of her generation. She releases the sequel to the story to much anticipation. Hunting by Stars continues the adventure in a dystopian world where the Indigenous people of North America are being hunted for their bone marrow and ability to dream. In this intimate conversation, Dimaline shares the themes and writing process behind this latest work, the evolution of modern writing as she sees it, and what’s next for this remarkable author.

Updated: Please note that this is now a DIGITAL event, over Zoom.

This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to celebrate the finalists and winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

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Participants and Speakers

Cherie Dimaline

CHERIE DIMALINE is an author from the Georgian Bay Métis Community. Her book The Marrow Thieves, won the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, and the Governor General’s Literary Award, among others. It was named a Book of the Year on numerous lists, including those from NPR, the School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, and the CBC. Its sequel, Hunting by Stars, was published in 2021 to great acclaim, and has been selected as Book of the Year from NPR, Indigo, and Kobo, and is a Good Morning America Buzz Pick, as well as a Cityline Book Club Pick for December 2021. VenCo is her latest novel for adults.

David A. Robertson

DAVID A. ROBERTSON is the author of numerous books for young readers including When We Were Alone, which won the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award. The Barren Grounds received a starred review from Kirkus and was a Kirkus and Quill & Quire best middle-grade book of 2020. A sought-after speaker and educator, as well as recent recipient of the Writers’ Union of Canada’s Freedom to Read Award, Robertson is a member of the Norway House Cree Nation. (MANITOBA)