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National Arts Centre - Fourth Stage

1 Elgin Street

Ottawa, ON K1P 5K6

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Join us for a conversation with Jesse Thistle, a rising Indigenous scholar and CBC Canada Reads contender. Hosted by Denise Chong.

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  • 6:30 p.m. Doors open
  • 7:00 p.m. Conversation and Q&A
  • 8:20 p.m. Book sale and signing

Jesse Thistle is a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Scholar and a Vanier Scholar, as well as a Governor General Silver Medalist. His bestselling memoir From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless and Finding My Way chronicles his life on the streets and tells how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is. From the Ashes is a remarkable book about hope and resilience, and a revelatory look into the life of a Métis-Cree man who refused to give up.

Denise Chong is the author the family memoir The Concubine’s Children and The Girl in the Picture, a story of the napalm girl from the Vietnam War. Straddling the worlds of writing and public policy, Denise Chong was a trailblazer for diversity and inclusiveness in the public service before raising Canada’s social consciousness with acclaimed works of nonfiction. She is a mentor through the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Event offered in partnership with the National Arts Centre, Library and Archives Canada, and the Ottawa International Writers Festival

With thanks to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation for their support.

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Please register for this event. As Ottawa Public Library events are free, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full program, your reservation may not guarantee admission. Unclaimed reservations will be released to standby customers ten minutes before the start of the program. We recommend that you arrive early.

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