Toronto, May 5, 2015 – Five books are in contention to become the First Nation Communities Read community reading selection for 2015-2016. Five jury members from First Nation public libraries in Ontario made the shortlist selections. The title selection announcement for 2015-2016 will take place in Toronto on June 24 as part of National Aboriginal Day Celebrations. The selected title’s creator will be the recipient of the $5,000 Periodical Marketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature Award.
- Up Ghost River by Edmund Metatawabin and Alexandra Shimo. Penguin Random House.
- Dreaming in Indian edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Leatherdale. Annick Press.
- Rose’s Run by Dawn Dumont. Thistledown Press.
- Peace Pipe Dreams by Darrell Dennis. Douglas & McIntyre.
- All the Way: My Life on Ice by Jordin Tootoo. Penguin Random House.
First Nation Communities Read initially considered more than 19 submissions before settling on a long list of 17 titles from nine publishers.
Periodical Marketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature Award
The Periodical Marketers of Canada’s Aboriginal Literature Award is an award inspired by the goals of the First Nation Communities Read program. It will provide the creators of the First Nation Communities Read 2015-2016 title selection with a $5,000 prize. This is the second year the Periodical Marketers of Canada will present the Aboriginal Literature Award.
First Nation Communities Read is the Ontario First Nation Public Library Community’s contribution to the popular reading movement. Launched in 2003 by the First Nations Public Library Community in Ontario with support from Southern Ontario Library Service, it promotes a community-based approach to reading, FNCR:
- encourages family literacy, intergenerational storytelling, and intergenerational information sharing;
- increases awareness of the relevance and importance of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit writing, illustration, and publishing;
- promotes the publication, sharing, and understanding of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit voices and experiences;
- increases awareness and sales of the titles it honours.
The focus of the First Nation Communities Read program alternates annually between books for children and books for adults and young adults. The 2015-2016 First Nation Communities Read submissions call was for Young Adult/Adult books. The 2014-2015 selection was Wild Berries and Pakwa Che Menisu written and illustrated by Julie Flett and published by Simply Read Books (Vancouver).