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Virtual Author Reading with Chelsea Vowel
June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Huron County Library is pleased to partner with the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with a virtual author reading with Métis author Chelsea Vowel. Chelsea will be reading from her book of short stories Buffalo Is the New Buffalo and answering questions from the audience.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chelsea Vowel (she/her/wiya) is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne), Alberta, and currently residing in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). Parent to six children, she is a writer and educator, co-host of Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast Métis in Space, co-founder of the Métis in Space Land Trust, and author of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada. Her debut short story collection Buffalo is the New Buffalo is out now with Arsenal Pulp Press.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Buffalo Is the New Buffalo features powerful stories of “Métis futurism” that envision a world without violence, capitalism, or colonization. “Education is the new buffalo” is a metaphor widely used among Indigenous peoples in Canada to signify the importance of education to their survival and ability to support themselves, as once Plains nations supported themselves as buffalo peoples. The assumption is that many of the pre-Contact ways of living are forever gone, so adaptation is necessary. But Chelsea Vowel asks, “Instead of accepting that the buffalo, and our ancestral ways, will never come back, what if we simply ensure that they do?”.
REGISTRATION: Register online for this free virtual event