Getting serious about sonnet study.
Happy Publication Day to Tracey Lindberg! Today is the official release date of her debut novel Birdie, and you’re going to want to rush right out to get a copy from your local bookstore, or order one online.
Here’s a description of the book from publisher HarperCollins: “Birdie is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from wounds of the past, informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions. Bernice Meetoos, a Cree woman, leaves her home in Northern Alberta following tragedy and travels to Gibsons, BC. She is on something of a vision quest, seeking to understand the messages from The Frugal Gourmet (one of the only television shows available on CBC North) that come to her in her dreams. She is also driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat Johns, who played Jesse on The Beachcombers, because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Bernice heads for Molly’s Reach to find answers but they are not the ones she expected. With the arrival in Gibsons of her Auntie Val and her cousin Skinny Freda, Bernice finds the strength to face the past and draw the lessons from her dreams that she was never fully taught in life.”
And a rave review by Leanne Simpson (author of the brilliant Islands of Decolonial Love), posted on Goodreads: “A stunning debut novel, grounded in the sheer beauty of Cree poetics, love, and a benevolence few of us are lucky enough to know. The brilliance of Indigenous women dances off each page—this story is our story, so carefully woven together into a tapestry that is the spine of our collective beings. I see myself, my family and my life in every sentence. This is the novel Canada has been waiting for.”
I’m so looking forward to reading this book!
The Puritan‘s spring issue went live two weeks ago, and it includes one of my poems: “Elephant v. Rhinoceros.” Very happy to have a poem published in one of my favourite online magazines. You can read it (or listen to it) here. And while you’re there, make sure to check out all the other great stuff that appears in the issue!
[Note: The above illustration is a 1610 etching by Dutch artist Hendrik Hondius.]