2024 Festival:
October 21–27

02. Cherie Dimaline in Conversation

02. Cherie Dimaline in Conversation

In-person tickets for this event are sold out. You can still book tickets for the free livestream, or click here to sign up for the waitlist.

Few authors have captivated Canadian youths’ imaginations like Cherie Dimaline, whose book The Marrow Thieves won multiple awards and was named a Book of the Year across North America. The sequel, Hunting by Stars, likewise received tremendous acclaim. Here is an author who explores some of the most pressing issues of our time—colonialism, identity, ecological protection—through captivating and deeply original stories. In this YA event, Cherie will dig into her writing process, her passion for storytelling, and what inspired her latest works: Funeral Songs for Dying Girls, about a teen who befriends a ghost, and Into the Bright Open, a new take on The Secret Garden. A must see. Grades 8–12. Moderated by Margaret Gallagher.

Event Participants:

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. 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. In 2023, she published two new books, VenCo and Funeral Songs for Dying Girls.

Margaret Gallagher

MARGARET GALLAGHER is the host of CBC Radio's North by Northwest, BC’s highest-rated weekend show. She has been part of CBC British Columbia since 2001, as a regular part of The Early Edition and On the Coast, and as the host of Hot Air. Her multiple awards include three prestigious National RTDNA Dave Rogers Awards for Best Radio Feature.