Monday, July 1, 2013

Evergreen™ Featured Title: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Indian Horse
Richard Wagamese

FIC Wagam

Are you familiar with this title, a 2013 contender on Canada Reads? If not, here’s a short summary:
Saul Indian Horse has hit bottom. His last binge almost killed him, and now he’s a reluctant resident in a treatment centre for alcoholics, surrounded by people he’s sure will never understand him. But Saul wants peace, and he grudgingly comes to see that he’ll find it only through telling his story.
Indian Horse unfolds against the bleak loveliness of northern Ontario, all rock, marsh, bog and cedar. Wagamese writes with a spare beauty, penetrating the heart of a remarkable Ojibway man.

Richard Wagamese is known for his many novels, essays and short stories depicting Native life in Canada.  He also writes a thoughtful and personal blog about the writing life, called World of Wonders.
Wagamese recently won the 2013 Canada Council Molson Prize in the Arts, honouring “outstanding lifetime achievements and ongoing contributions to the cultural and intellectual life of Canada”. He gave a brief interview to Open Book Ontario after his win, talking about his own writing process.
You can listen to Shelagh Rogers’ extended interview with Wagamese on The Next Chapter, a fascinating 40 minute talk. If you have the time, it’s well worth checking out.
Finally, Wagamese is also a great storyteller, with live performances available online. Watch Part 1 of a 3 part “Performance Storytelling” series to get a taste of his style. If you like it, click over to YouTube to watch the rest!

Don’t forget, if you read this book as part of SPL’s STARR Summer Reading program, you can claim 2 stamps on your Rewards Card, and also be eligible to vote during Ontario Public Library Week, October 20-26, to choose the winner of the Evergreen™ Award!

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