Emily’s Weekday Wonderings – August 17, 2017
What’s on the bookshelf?
In a Weekday Wondering reflection I wrote in June, I considered the idea of diversity, and how we often fall short in our day to day lives. I mentioned my own awareness of how limited the diversity within my reading choices can sometimes be. This summer I have added three quite different books to my reading list in order to read more recent by First Nations and Indigenous writers:
Islands of Decolonial Love by Leanne Simpson (2015). This book is given the subtitle or description “Stories and Songs.” For those here during our Canada Day Hymn Service, we heard a short excerpt from this book as one of the readings.
Walking the clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction, edited by Grace L. Dillon (2012). It might be the case that we more commonly turn to Indigenous authors on topics obviously related to their experience, or environmental or political subjects. Sometimes when we move to genre fiction, diversity can seem to disappear. This book collects science fiction from Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal Australian, and New Zealand Maori authors.