First Nation Communities Reads Announces 10th Anniversary Shortlist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TORONTO (May 3, 2013) – First Nation Communities Read kicks off its 10th anniversary celebrations with a five-title shortlist for 2013-2014. The First Nation Communities Read program is the Ontario First Nation public library community’s contribution to the popular community reading movement. Through its featured Aboriginal titles, First Nation Communities Read encourages family literacy and intergenerational storytelling, and promotes the publication, sharing, and understanding of Aboriginal voices and experiences. The shortlisted titles are listed below.

Indian Horse
Written by Richard Wagamese
(Douglas & McIntyre, 2012)

Motorcycles and Sweetgrass
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor
(Vintage Canada, 2011)

Nobody Cries at BINGO
Written by Dawn Dumont
(Thistledown Press, 2011)

A Stranger at Home: A True Story
Writte by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes
(Annick Press, 2011)

Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story
Written by David Alexander Robertson
Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
(Highwater Press, 2011)

“These titles are strong stories told in voices and styles that make for appealing reading,” says the First Nation Communities Read jury. The jury, made up of librarians from First Nation public libraries in Ontario, initially considered more than 35 submissions before settling on a long list of 22 titles from 18 publishers. The announcement of the First Nation Communities Read title selection for 2013-2014 will coincide with National Aboriginal History Month and National Aboriginal Day celebrations in June.

The 2013-2014 First Nation Communities Read submissions call was for books for adults and young adults. The focus of the First Nation Communities Read program alternates annually between books for children and books for adults and young adults. The 2012-2013 selection was Shannon and the Dream for a School written by Janet Wilson and published by Second Story Press.

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For more information about First Nation Communities Read, contact:

Patty Lawlor, First Nations Consultant
Southern Ontario Library Service
416-961-1669, Ext. 5108 | |

First Nation Communities Read is funded in part by the Canada Book Fund at Canadian Heritage