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Waubgeshig Rice

Waubgeshig Isaac Rice is a broadcast journalist and author who lives in Ottawa, ON. Born of an Anishinaabe dad and a Canadian mom, he grew up in a beautiful place called Wasauksing on the shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario.

He's extremely proud of his background, but he actually speaks German better than Ojibway. You'll have to ask him why.

Waubgeshig is an avid music and sports fan, and enjoys covering and writing about the Aboriginal experience in Canada.

He has a deep affinity for his community and feels blessed to have so many loving friends and family in his circle.

La cérémonie de guérison clandestine
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: 11; 12; University/College;

Réunis sous la sweatlodge et guidés par l’Aîné selon un rituel ancestral, de jeunes Autochtones se voient, tour à tour, invités à revenir sur un sombre épisode de leur passé. Ces histoires à plusieurs voix les rassemblent autour d’un objectif commun : le désir de guérison.Miné par un parcours âpre, douloureux, cruel, chacun de ces personnages cherche une issue à son mal-être dans la sagesse des Premières Nations. Dans ce premier recueil de nouvelles, Midnight Sweatlodge, qui lui a valu, en 2012, le prestigieux Independent Publishers Book Award, Waubgeshig Rice évoque en filigrane ce que c’est que d’être autochtone aujourd’hui.

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Fiction - Short Stories 

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Legacy
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg;
Grade Levels: University/College;

Legacy is the first novel by Waubgeshig Rice, whose collection of stories; Midnight Sweatlodge (Theytus Books, 2011) was the Gold Medal Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2012 for Adult Multicultural Fiction. Set in the 1990s, Legacy deals with violence against a young Indigenous woman and the lingering after-shocks on an Anishnawbe family in Ontario. Its themes of injustice, privilege, and those denied it, reconciliation and revenge, are as timely as today's headlines.

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Moon of the Crusted Snow: A Novel
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg;
Grade Levels: 12; University/College;

A daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice.

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. 

The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision. 

Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.

Reviews
“This slow-burning thriller is also a powerful story of survival and will leave readers breathless.” — Publishers Weekly

"Rice seamlessly injects Anishinaabe language into the dialogue and creates a beautiful rendering of the natural world. . . This title will appeal to fans of literary science fiction akin to Cormac McCarthy as well as to readers looking for a fresh voice in indigenous fiction.” — Booklist

“Perfect for those who read Iain Reid's Foe this summer and are looking for something in the same vein.” — The Globe and Mail

“The creeping tension and vividly drawn landscapes make Waubgeshig Rice’s characters choices all the more real.” — Toronto Star

Moon of the Crusted Snow asks how do we live in a good way during the collapse of the infrastructure that supports modern life? For Evan Whitesky, the answer lies in rekindling Ojibwe, the old ways, language and culture. For other characters, when the food runs out, all options are on the table, no matter how gruesome. As the tensions between those surviving the end of modern civilization build to a harrowing conclusion, Rice deftly weaves tender family moments with his brutal survival scenes in the unforgiving northern Ontario winter. Chilling in the best way possible.” — Eden Robinson, award-winning author of Monkey Beach and Son of a Trickster

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224 pages | 5.50" x 8.50"

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