The Our Stories: Indigenous Book Club runs from January - June 2021, with monthly books including poetry, fiction, memoirs and plays. At the end of each month, join us for an online conversation with each book’s author on Facebook live.
Our May book is Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies. On May 19 at 7pm EDT, join us for this live, online discussion with author Leanne Betasamosake Simpson to discuss the book.
Register to receive reminders and the Facebook Live Link.
Reflection questions will be shared on the library's blog about the the book and on the NAC's Indigenous Theatre's Facebook Event Page for the book. Feel free to engage and share your thoughts about the book throughout the month!
We’re excited to read with you all this month!
Our Stories: Indigenous Book Club series is a partnership between the National Arts Centre’s Indigenous Theatre and the Ottawa Public Library.
With thanks to sponsors:
- Indigenous Programming (NAC): The Slaight Family Foundation, TD Ready Commitment
- Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (OPL)
May book - Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Please note: this book is intended for adult readers.
About the book
Mashkawaji (they/them) lies frozen in the ice, remembering a long-ago time of hopeless connection and now finding freedom and solace in isolated suspension. They introduce us to the seven main characters: Akiwenzii, the old man who represents the narrator's will; Ninaatig, the maple tree who represents their lungs; Mindimooyenh, the old woman who represents their conscience; Sabe, the giant who represents their marrow; Adik, the caribou who represents their nervous system; Asin, the human who represents their eyes and ears; and Lucy, the human who represents their brain. Each attempts to commune with the unnatural urban-settler world, a world of SpongeBob Band-Aids, Ziploc baggies, Fjällräven Kånken backpacks, and coffee mugs emblazoned with institutional logos. And each searches out the natural world, only to discover those pockets that still exist are owned, contained, counted, and consumed. Cut off from nature, the characters are cut off from their natural selves.
About the author
Leanne Betasomosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, scholar, and musician, and a member of Alderville First Nation. She is the author of five previous books, including This Accident of Being Lost, which won the MacEwan Book of the Year and the Peterborough Arts Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Indigenous Author; was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Trillium Book Award; was longlisted for CBC Canada Reads; and was named a best book of the year by the Globe and Mail, National Post, and Quill & Quire. She has released two albums, including f(l)ight, which is a companion piece to This Accident of Being Lost.