Leanne Betasamosake Simpson in Conversation with Dionne Brand


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Tuesday October 6, 2020
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Noopiming is a novel that is as philosophically generative as it is stylistically original,” explained award-winning poet, thinker and Theory author, Dionne Brand. Who better than Brand, then, to interview the creator of this anticipated new work, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson? A renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, she has been lauded by many as one of the most compelling writers of her generation, as demonstrated by Islands of Decolonial Love, This Accident of Being Lost, Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back and As We Have Always Done. Now, in Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies, Betasamosake Simpson offers a book of wit, power, generosity and fierce insight or, as her publisher explains, “an act of decolonization, degentrification, and willful resistance to the perpetuation and dissemination of centuries-old colonial myth-making.” These two exceptional minds speak to just that during a conversation bound to elevate our intellects and our spirits.

DIONNE BRAND’s literary credentials are legion. Her latest novel, Theory, won the 2019 OCM BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, and was a Globe and Mail Best Book. Her latest poetry collection, The Blue Clerk, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won the Trillium Book Prize. In 2017, she was named to the Order of Canada. Brand is a Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.

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LEANNE BETASAMOSAKE SIMPSON is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, scholar, and musician, and a member of Alderville First Nation. She is the author of five previous books, including This Accident of Being Lost, which, among many other honours, was longlisted for CBC Canada Reads and was named a best book of the year by the Globe and Mail, National Post, and Quill & Quire. She has released two albums, including f(l)ight, which is a companion piece to This Accident of Being Lost.