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Indigenous Futurisms: Apocalyptic Survival with Precedent

Fri., Feb. 8, 2019 4:00 p.m. - Fri., Feb. 8, 2019 5:00 p.m.

Location: Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) 119

By Cherie Dimaline

Looking at the work of writers including Waubgeshig Rice, Rebecca Roanhorse along with her own book The Marrow Thieves, Metis author Cherie Dimaline will speak about how Indigenous stories address dystopian potentials and speak to an uncertain future with authority born of recent and ongoing experience. Discussion includes a look at prevalent themes in modern speculative works and finding hope in the despair.

Cherie Dimaline is a writer and editor from the Georgian Bay Metis Community in Ontario who has published 4 books of short stories, literary fiction and young adult fiction. Her latest book, The Marrow Thieves, won the 2017 Governor General's Award, the One Book - One Brampton competition, and the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers in the US. It was a finalist for the White Pine Award, the Trillium Prize and The Swartz Award and was a selection for CBC's 2018 Canada Reads. The book is currently on the shortlist for both the Amy Mathers Teen Writing Award and the Burt Award.

The Marrow Thieves was also named a Book of Year on numerous lists including the National Public Radio, the School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire and the CBC, and has been the #1 national bestseller for young readers for 9 months. Cherie currently lives in Toronto, Ontario where she coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers' Gathering. She recently signed a 4-book deal with Penguin Random House and has joined the MFA faculty at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

All interested persons are cordially invited to attend this event, which will be followed by a public reception. Free public parking will be available in Lot 1. This lecture is supported by the Humanities Research Institute, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, the Faculty of Arts and the Academic Conference Fund at the University of Regina, as well as by the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild.


Humanities Research Institute
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, SK S4S 0A2