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Tenille K. Campbell with Joshua Whitehead

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This winter Books & Ideas highlights the female voice, women’s histories, decolonial and anti-authoritarian movements, and experimental lit.

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The Koffler’s Books & Ideas series is thrilled to present the launch of Tenille K. Campbell’s new poetry collection, nedί nezų (Good Medicine). With a knowing smile, this book side-eyes the political existence and celebrates the lived experience of an Indigenous woman falling in love and lust with those around her—but, most importantly, with herself.

Tenille K. Campbell will join 2021 Canada Reads Finalist, Joshua Whitehead, in a virtual conversation.

Personalized copies of nedί nezų (Good Medicine) can be purchased at Another Story Bookshop.

TENILLE K. CAMPBELL is a Dene/Métis author and photographer from English River First Nation in In Treaty Ten, northern Saskatchewan. Her acclaimed poetry collection, #IndianLovesPoems (Signature Editions), was shortlisted for the Indigenous Voices Award. Campbell is the force behind sweetmoon photography, which specializes in capturing NDN joy in its many forms. She is also the co-creator and a blogger at tea&bannock, an online collective for Indigenous women photographers and artists to share their stories. Campbell completed her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia and is working on a doctoral degree in Indigenous Literature at the University of Saskatchewan.

JOSHUA WHITEHEAD is an Oji-nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of the novel Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018), longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Indigenous Voices Award, the Carol Shields Book of Winnipeg Award, the Governor General's Liteary Award, the Amazon First Novel Prize, winner of the Lambda Award for Gay Fiction, the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction, and recently became a contender on Canada Reads 2021. Whitehead also authored the poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks, 2017) and is the editor of Love after the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020). Currently he is working on a PhD in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures in the University of Calgary's English department (Treaty 7) while finishing his forthcoming manuscript, Making Love with the Land (Knopf 2021). 

Presented with the generous support of Peter Lyman and Judith Moses. 

Thanks to Arsenal Pulp Press, and to event bookseller, Another Story Bookshop.

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Our year-round Books & Ideas series spotlights provocative writers, novelists and thinkers, celebrating literary excellence and fostering critical dialogue through compelling book launches, author talks and in-depth interviews.

Books & Ideas was launched with the generous support of Dorothy Shoichet & Family and the Estate of Joseph Koenig.

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