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Unlimited access to Glass Beads for One eRead Canada

This image shows Dawn Dumont's book cover, Glass Beads, as well as the logo for One eRead Canada.
29/05/2019

June is Indigenous History Month. And this year, readers are invited to read Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont as part of the One eRead Canada campaign. Along with other libraries across Canada, Ottawa Public Library will make the eBook and eAudiobook editions of Glass Beads available with no holds or waitlists all month long.

 

About the Book

Glass Beads is by Saskatchewan-born Plains Cree author, actor, and comedian Dawn Dumont. It's an engaging collection of interconnected short stories about four First Nations people, set against a backdrop of two decades of political, social, and cultural change. 

 

How to Participate

If you have an OPL card, you can access Glass Beads. You can download the eBook from June 3 until June 30. There are no restrictions on the number of people downloading the book.

You can download:

In addition to gaining unlimited access to the book, you'll be able to discuss it with other readers across the country:

  • On social media using the hashtag #1eReadLivrelCanada
  • In a Facebook Group, hosted by Vancouver Public Library
  • During a Facebook Live event with the author, on June 12th at 8 pm. At that time, you'll be able to submit questions to Dawn Dumont using the hashtag #Question

About One eRead Canada

One eRead Canada is organized by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CULC/CBUC) - the people behind the eContent for Libraries campaign. Libraries are facing very high costs for eBooks and eAudiobooks - and some titles aren't available to libraries at all. With this campaign, CULC wants to show that libraries introduce readers to new books, which actually helps to drive sales to publishers. 

 

About Thistledown Press

Glass Beads’ publisher, Thistledown Press, is an independent Canadian publisher that is taking an active role in making eContent more accessible to the public, in partnership with public libraries.

 

Our very own Megan L.’s book review

Glass Beads is an eye-opening and relevant collection of short stories following the lives of four young indigenous friends: Nellie, Julie, Everett, and Taz. Dawn Dumont allows readers the opportunity to follow these friends during their ups and downs over a 15 year timeframe on and off of their reserve; Stone Man. Throughout the novel, the characters are faced with numerous hardships and tribulation. For example in the story New Year’s Eve 1996, Taz experienced first-hand how his actions and his moto, “Live and let live, that was the code” (Dumont pg. 78), not only affects his wellbeing but also of his loved one, Julie. While on the other hand, Nellie makes a difficult decision in order to flourish her wellbeing without Everett. The characters vulnerability are familiar to the reader and makes one recall their own struggles and how they have or are overcoming them. 

Later in Dumont’s writing, we get to see the positive aspect of how pushing oneself out of their comfort zone can actually be beneficial. We get to live this out in the 2001 story, The Aunts. After a dark period of her life and spending almost two years incarcerated, Julie goes to Edmonton to stay with her two Aunts. One evening Julie discovers her public library branch and decides to join in the Native Crafts Night. Julie is welcomed by program leader Anita with materials and instructions on how to bead on to a piece of hide. This is a new, yet a historical occasion that Julie gets to experience while also relating to her indigenous people. Beading in this sewing circle allowed Julie to feel a sense of connection to her culture and with other First Nations women; more so then the relationship she felt with her own family members/aunts.

This raw, realistic and riveting collection of short stories examines friends discovering their own personal and cultural identities while overcoming suffering and positive encounters as a group. Nellie, Julie, Everett, and Taz’s lives intertwine together during the course of the short stories yet personal growth is experienced more independently throughout the storylines; creating a well thought-out plotline and balanced chapters. I would rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars for the entertaining and engaging storyline while also providing readers with a clear writing style and realistic language. Once I started reading this book, I actually began to crave it! Not only was the book hard to put down, but your invested in wanting to know how the spider web connections continue to evolve between each other and how their culture continues to influence their decisions. Definitely recommended to those who enjoy a novel where you experience the feeling of “just one more page.” Enjoy!