Book Talks: The Inconvenient Indian and Nix Minus One

inconvenient indianThe Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

The book The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King offers a deeply knowing, darkly funny, boldly opinionated, and utterly unconventional account of Indian–White relations in North America since initial contact. Ranging freely across the centuries and the Canada–U.S. border, King exposes fabricated stories of Indian savagery and White valor, takes a sideways look at Indians and cowboys in film and popular culture and articulates a profound, revolutionary understanding of the effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands.

This is a book both timeless and timely, burnished with anger but tempered by wit, and ultimately a hard-won offering of hope – a sometimes inconvenient but nonetheless indispensable account for all of us, Indian and non-Indian alike, seeking to understand how we might tell a new story for the future. The Inconvenient Indian can be requested through the Haliburton County Public Library and is one of ten nominated for the Evergreen Award 2014. Read one or more Evergreen nominees and vote for your favorite at your library in the Fall.

nix minus oneNix Minus One by Jill MacLean

“The first time I came across the word introversion was the first time I recognized myself. Like, there was a category for me. I spend thirty hours a week in school where extroversion is the only version.”

Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean is the story about a soft-spoken young man struggling with the turmoil of growing up, and finding the strength to fight for those he loves.

Even though Nixon Humbolt is far leaner and taller than his “Fatty Humbolt” days of elementary school, he is still afraid of the high school seniors and tormented by bully Kendal Green. When not trying to rescue Swiff Dunphy’s defeated guard dog, or seeking refuge in his father’s workshop, he’s covering for his rebellious and attention hogging older sister Roxy (who’s dating high school senior and bad boy Bryan Sykes), and pining for his unrequited love Loren Cody (his best friend’s girlfriend) while working out his feelings for the quirky Blue McCallum (his best friend’s sister). All this, while trying not to fail French class.

April is National Poetry month, and Nix Minus One is a great example of a powerful story written entirely in verse. It is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM April 6th – 19th, 2014.

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