Sharing Truths

David A. Robertson, Monique Gray Smith, Katherena Vermette

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Moderator: Cherie Dimaline

Event Number: 33
Tickets: $20.00

$9.50 for student groups

Sharing Truths

David A. Robertson, Monique Gray Smith, Katherena Vermette

Thursday, October 18
10:15am - 11:45am
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

Stories are a powerful way to share truths—especially those that have been ignored or silenced in the past. Three acclaimed Indigenous authors of children’s books read from their new works before talking about the important messages they carry and why it’s paramount to share both their own truths and those of others. David A. Robertson of the Norway House Cree Nation educates and entertains in Monsters. Katherena Vermette, widely celebrated for her adult novel, The Break, shares Red River Resistance, the second instalment in the A Girl Called Echo series. Monique Gray Smith invites children to ask what reconciliation means in Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation. Moderated by the Festival’s Guest Curator, and author of The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline, this will be a moving and eye-opening conversation.

Grades 8–12 & adults.

Presented in partnership with Vancity.

Event Participants:

Cherie Dimaline

Ontario

The Vancouver Writers Fest is pleased to announce Cherie Dimaline as our first annual Guest Curator, programming four events throughout festival week. A Métis writer, editor and coordinator of the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering, Dimaline’s fiction has been anthologized internationally. Her latest YA novel, The Marrow Thieves, won a 2017 Governor General’s Award, the American Kirkus Prize, and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. It was also a selection for CBC’s 2018 Canada Reads.

@cherie_dimaline

David Robertson

David A. Robertson

Manitoba

David A. Robertson is an award-winning writer. His books include When We Were Alone (Governor General’s Literary Award), Will I See?Betty7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga and the YA trilogy, The Reckoner. He educates as well as entertains through his writings about Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, reflecting their cultures, histories, communities, as well as illuminating many contemporary issues. He is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.

darobertson.ca, @DaveAlexRoberts

Monique Gray Smith

Monique Gray Smith

British Columbia

Monique Gray Smith is of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry and is the proud mother of twins. She is an international speaker, an award-winning author and a sought-after consultant who lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Her board book, My Heart Fills With Happiness, won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and her nonfiction book, Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Her new novel, Tilly and the Crazy Eights, is out this fall.

moniquegraysmith.com, @ltldrum

Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette

Manitoba

A Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Katherena Vermette is a rising star in the Canadian literature scene. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General’s Award for Poetry and her 2017 novel, The Break, was a Canadian bestseller and won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. She is at the Festival with her graphic novel for young adults, Red River Resistance, and her poetry collection, river woman.

katherenavermette.com@katherenav