Many Ottawa residents are reading Crow Winter this month, as OPL offers unlimited access to the ebook to all cardholders. If you haven't already checked it out, click here to get started.
Take the reading experience further!
Join us online on June 24 at 7 pm for a conversation with the young writer Karen McBride, author of Crow Winter. Either register to receive the Zoom link or connect on Facebook Live.
Try author Karen McBride's go-to reads. These are titles she finds herself going back to them over and over again and they have been important to her development as an author. All these books are in the Ottawa Public Library collection. Click on the links in the list below to read an ebook or audiobook , or to place a print book in your For later list, ready for when it is possible to place holds on print titles again.
- Host a book conversation, starting with our thought-provoking Crow Winter discussion questions
Karen is Algonquin Anishinaabe from the Timiskaming First Nation. Her first book, Crow Winter, is a novel about a young woman able to cross between the material and spiritual worlds that explores the importance of grief and loss, friendship and healing, and the role of community, culture, and history in a contemporary First Nation community. The young woman, named Hazel Ellis, is grieving the loss of her father and has returned to the Rez to reconnect with her family and her community. In the midst of all of that, it turns out that a somewhat predatory developer wants to take over a quarry on land that her family had. Into the mix comes an old crow who is the embodiment of the trickster Nanabush. He just wants to help, it turns out.