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Our Stories: Indigenous Book Club Conversation with Michelle Porter

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Facebook Live event

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 April book is Approaching Fire by Michelle Porter. On April 28 at 7pm EDT, join us for this live, online discussion with author Michelle Porter (Red River Métis) and Tai Amy Gruaman (Metis, Cree and Haudenosaunee from Ardrossan, Alberta) 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, Approaching Fire, and on the  NAC'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! 

Borrow the book from the library.  Or purchase it from these Indigenous owned and operated bookstores.

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)



April book - ‘Approaching Fire’ by Michelle Porter

Please note: this book is intended for adult readers.

About the book

InApproaching Fire, Michelle Porter embarks on a quest to find her great-grandfather, the Métis fiddler and performer Léon Robert Goulet. Through musicology, jigs and reels, poetry, photographs, and the ecology of fire, Porter invests biography with the power of reflective ingenuity, creating a portrait which expands beyond documentation into a private realm where truth meets metaphor.

Weaving through multiple genres and traditions, Approaching Fire fashions a textual documentary of rescue and insight, and a glowing contemplation of the ways in which loss can generate unbridled renewal.

About the author

Michelle Porter is a Red River Métis poet, journalist, and editor. She holds degrees in journalism, folklore, and geography (PhD). Her academic research and creative work have been focused on home, Métis mobility, and the changing nature of our relationship to land. She’s won awards for her work in poetry and journalism, and has been published in literary journals, newspapers, and magazines across the country. She lives in St. John’s.