Book of the Year: Author reading – CANCELLED

April 2, 2020

COVID-19: Campus events cancelled

Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of our university community. Due to concerns over public gatherings during COVID-19, all public events on MacEwan campuses will be cancelled.



Join us in celebration of the MacEwan Book of the Year for 2019/20 — This Accident of Being Lost — with a special reading by author Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. This event is free and open to the public.

Simpson will be sharing video, song and story from This Accident of Being Lost in an evening of Nishnaabeg storytelling, hosted by MacEwan Writer-in-Residence Anna Marie Sewell.

About the author

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the intersections between politics, story and song — bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity.

Working for over a decade as an independent scholar using Nishnaabeg intellectual practices, Simpson has lectured and taught extensively at universities across Canada and has 20 years’ experience with Indigenous land-based education. She holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and teaches at the Dechinta Centre for Research & Learning in Denendeh. Her books are regularly used in courses across Canada and the United States, including Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, The Gift Is in the Making, Lighting the Eighth Fire (editor), This Is An Honour Song (editor with Kiera Ladner) and The Winter We Danced (Kino-nda-niimi editorial collective). Her latest book, As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance was published by the University of Minnesota Press in the fall of 2017 and was awarded Best Subsequent Book by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

As a writer, Simpson was named the inaugural RBC Charles Taylor Emerging writer by Thomas King in 2014 and in 2017/18 she was a finalist in the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Trillium Book Award. She has published extensive fiction and poetry in both book and magazine form. Her second book of short stories and poetry, This Accident of Being Lost, is a follow-up to the acclaimed Islands of Decolonial Love and was published by the House of Anansi Press in spring 2017.



Since its inception in 1997, the Book of the Year program has been guided by a committee of faculty, staff and students. Each year, a work of contemporary Canadian fiction is chosen by the committee from nominations by the university community. The committee bases its selection on the book's appeal and its potential to generate interest and discussion at MacEwan University.

The Book of the Year is sponsored by MacEwan University's Centre for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE), the Department of English, the Library, the mStore, as well as the Students' Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) and the Edmonton Public Library.



Event Details

Date April 2, 2020
Start Time 7 p.m.
End Time 9 p.m.
Location 10910 – 104 Avenue
The Heart (9-100)
Robbins Health Learning Centre
10910 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
Event Type Lecture/speaker/presentation
Contact Email bookoftheyear@macewan.ca
Event Website Visit Site