2020 Lecture: Cherie Dimaline
Writing Home: Using Fiction to Reclaim Space
Award-winning author Cherie Dimaline delivers the 28th annual Margaret Laurence Lecture
Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm in Wenjack Theatre, Otonabee College 101.2.
A reception will precede the lecture at 3:30 pm in the Gathering Space First Peoples House of Learning.
Cherie Dimaline's young adult novel The Marrow Thieves shot to the top of the bestseller lists when it was published in 2017, and stayed there for more than a year. It won the Governor General's Literary Award, the Kirkus Prize in the young adult literature category, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and, among other honours, was a fan favorite in the 2018 edition of CBC's Canada Reads. It was also a Book of Year on numerous lists including the National Public Radio, the School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, and the CBC. Cherie was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts in 2014, and became the first Indigenous write in residence at the Toronto Public Library. From the Georgian Bay Métis Community, she now lives in Vancouver.
Her most recent novel for adults, Empire of Wild, was published by PRHC in Canada in 2019, was named as Indigo's #1 Fiction Pick of the Year, and is forthcoming in April in the US through HarperCollins.