Vivid details bring 17th-century Ontario to life through the voices of a Huron warrior, an Iroquois girl and a French Jesuit.
“They Called Me Number One” is a nonfiction personal favourite of the year. It tells a story that probes deep into the heart of the sad and brutal impact European settlers and their descendants have had on First Nations culture.
Chief Bev Sellars, the author of, "They Called Me Number One", from Talon Books, gives a straight forward account of her years at St. Joseph's Mission, a residential school in the Caribou region of British Columbia. While recounting her own healing, Sellars leads readers out of the personal desolation incurred by one of the darkest Canadian policies into the brilliance of a life redeemed through determination and love.
It's been a great year for literature and this year's Vancouver Writers Festival should be one of the strongest ever.
Ruth Ozeki, in a photograph by Linda Solomon