Join us for a conversation with Joseph Kakwinokanasum, as he discusses his writing process and new book "My Indian Summer".

“Living in a northern BC town in the late 70s, Hunter knows what racism is. His mother, his only caregiver, brainwashed by a system that beat out the Indian to “save” the child, has created a cycle of violence that ensures the government’s plan succeeds. Even at twelve, he and his friend Jacob understand what isn’t theirs—the right to speak their language or their minds; to be proud of their identity. Eric, their white friend, typifies the social zeitgeist. Over the course of one weekend, these boys navigate their own path toward truth and reconciliation.”

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The discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

Joseph Kakwinokanasum is a member of the James Smith Cree Nation who grew up in the Peace region of northern BC, one of seven children raised by a single mother. A graduate of SFU's Writers Studio, his short story “Ray Says” was a finalist for CBC’s 2020 Nonfiction Prize. His work has appeared in The Humber Literary Review and Resonance: Essays on the Craft and Life of Writing. In 2022, he was selected by Darrel J. McLeod as one of The Writers Trust of Canada’s Rising Stars. He now lives and writes on Vancouver Island. Loosely based on his own childhood, My Indian Summer is his first novel.

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