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Michelle van der Merwe

Michelle van der Merwe is a publishing professional with more than 13 years’ experience working on a wide variety of print, web and social media projects.

The Language of Family: Stories of Bonds and Belonging
Michelle van der Merwe
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: 11; 12; University/College;

What is family? Is it defined by blood and birth? Or can we invite whomever we want into that intimate embrace?

The Royal BC Museum's new book, The Language of Family: Stories of Bonds and Belonging, invites readers to pull up a guest chair at the family table.

Twenty contributors from across British Columbia -- museum curators, cultural luminaries, writers and thinkers young and old, from First Nations, LGBTQ, Japanese Canadian and Punjabi communities, among others -- share their vastly different perspectives on what family means in this superb collection of personal narratives, poems and essays.

This collection will provoke, tease, enlighten and infuriate. Isn't that what family does best?

Stories, poems and essays by Sadhu Binning, Martha Black, Don Bourdon, Kathryn Bridge, Tzu-I Chung, Shushma Datt, Mo Dhaliwal, Zoé Duhaime, barbara findlay, Lynn Greenhough, Judith I. Guichon, Lorne F. Hammond, Joy Kogawa, Patrick Lane, Jack Lohman, Luke Marston, Bev Sellars, Monique Gray Smith, Ann-Bernice Thomas and Larry Wong.

Educator Information
Some Indigenous content.

Additional Information
250 pages | 8.50" x 9.49"

Authenticity Note: This book contains contributions from Indigenous writers, which is why it has received the Authentic Indigenous Text label.  There are, however, many other contributors who are not Indigenous whose works are also included.

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text


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