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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tracy Lindberg, author of Birdie, Coming to Thunder Bay

Tracy Lindberg, a Canada Reads Finalist
Barb Philp of the Thunder Bay Library  writes to this blog:
Hi, Joan. Everyone is  invited to attend a reading and interview with Tracey Lindberg author of Birdie and a finalist for the CBC Battle of the Books - Canada Reads. (free to all).
Monday Mar 7 at 7 pm at the Waverley Library Auditorium.
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg (fiction/HarperCollins)
Bernice Meetoos, a Cree woman, leaves her home in northern Alberta to gain a better understanding of the messages on the television show The Frugal Gourmet and hoping to meet Jesse from The Beachcombers. Her adventure doesn't quite turn out as she hopes it will. A darkly comic novel about finding out who you are and where you're from.

Bernice, also known as Birdie, moves to Gibsons, BC, looking for a way forward. But she’s unable to escape the fallout from her troubled childhood and, later, living on the streets of Edmonton. Taking to her bed, she is visited by dreams and spirits that take her on a journey through her past.

Tracey Lindberg
Citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation Rocky Mountain Cree, hails from Kelly Lake Cree Nation community, based in Edmonton, AB, and Ottawa, ON

Cree and Métis from northern Alberta. Graduate of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. First Aboriginal woman in Canada to complete her graduate law degree at Harvard University. Thought to be the first Aboriginal woman to receive a doctorate in law from a Canadian university. Received the Governor General's Award in 2007 for her dissertation. Teaches Indigenous studies and Indigenous law at Athabasca University and the University of Ottawa. Birdie is her first novel.

On the 15th edition of CBC's annual battle of the books, five Canadian panellists with very different backgrounds - and a shared fighting spirit - will champion novels that offer different takes on the same theme: starting over. The Canada Reads 2016 books are all about transformation and second chances, including stories of migrants, immigrants and others who are choosing - or forced - to make major changes in their lives.
The 2016 contenders are:


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