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Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline is an award-winning Canadian writer. Her 2017 book, The Marrow Thieves, won both the Governor General’s Award and the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers and was named a Book of Year on numerous lists including the National Public Radio, the School Library Journal and the New York Public Library. A faculty member for the MFA in Creative Writing program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, her work continues to be published and anthologized internationally. Raised in the Georgian Bay Métis community, she now lives in Vancouver.

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Empire of Wild: A First Nations writer on love, loss and rogarous

Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline is a Métis writer and activist from the Georgian Bay Métis Nation in Ontario, Canada. She has received a number of awards for her novels and short stories, none of which I’ve yet had the pleasure of reading — but after reading Empire of Wild (2020), I’m definitely going to track them down. Her use of First Nations themes and folklore is fascinating, and a delightful change from the many fantasies based on European images and tales.

Dimaline has set Empire of Wild in Arcand, a tiny Canadian town full of halfbreeds (the author’s word, first used on p. 1 and repeated throughout the novel) — the offspring of French voyageur fathers and First Nations mothers, part of the Métis people — on the shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario. The indigenous people have been constantly moved away from the shoreline, replaced by million-d... Read More