Tuesday, January 2, 2018 – Books for young readers
Colors in the Cree language, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and stealing Native bone marrow are a few of the topics covered in books on one list of the best Native books of 2017. Debbie Reese (Nambé Pueblo) spends her time reading and scrutinizing children’s literature that features Native themes and characters for the blog American Indians in Children’s Literature. Reese helps sort out the exceptional books from those that sink into stereotypes or misinformation. We’ll get her take on the best books by Native authors.
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The Color of Children's Literature Conference will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 in NYC! More details soon.
Chronos Vocal Ensemble presents its second concert of Season Five, the 2017-2018 Season.
Featuring new music by Canadian composers, including the winner of the Chronos Vocal Ensemble Choral Composition Competition, Nicholas Ryan Kelly, and a premiere of a new commission from Alex Eddington.
“‘Picking Wild Berries’ is a musical setting of Julie Flett’s beautiful children’s book Wild Berries / Pikaci Minisa, written in English and Swampy Cree. The text is a simple story about a boy and his grandmother picking blueberries in a forest clearing, while observing nature. I was just as much influenced by Flett’s illustrations; the restricted colour palette, clean lines, surprising animals, and the eternal presence of a deep red sun all have analogies in the music. I am indebted to Chronos Vocal Ensemble for commissioning me to work with this gorgeous source material.”
Ottawa, November 1, 2017 – The Canada Council for the Arts today announced the winners of the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Awards. From 70 finalists, the peer assessors have chosen 14 outstanding winning titles in English and French. With new work by established authors, illustrators and translators, as well as new favourites by first-time winners, the 2017 GGBooks will find their way on to bookshelves across the country.
Five books comprised the shortlist for the 2017 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, an annual prize awarded to the best Canadian book of the year for readers up to the age of 12.