Octopus Book Club April Edition Part II: Celia's Song by Lee Maracle

2016 25 Apr
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Octopus Book Club April Edition Part II: Celia's Song by Lee Maracle

Set on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Celia's Song chronicles the experiences of a Sto:lo family over several generations, and vividly brings to life the destructive legacy of colonial times - and a community's capacity for healing. Its richly imagined characters include a sea serpent and a shape-shifting mink who bears witness to the past.

Longlisted for Canada Reads 2015
Shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Award
A CTV Ottawa Best Reads of the Season (2014)

Celia's Song is a novel that matters. It speaks of the unspeakable, but it also speaks of things that must be said: the resilience and strength of First Nations people to come together to heal themselves and to regain their traditions and knowledge.

In December 2014, we had the honour of hosting a launch of the book with Lee Maracle at our Centretown location. Here is a recording of it: https://soundcloud.com/octopus-books/lee-maracle-celias-song
Please listen to it when you have moments and hope you find it inspiring!

Praise for Celia's Song

“Maracle does not shy away from the worst social ills pulling the community apart – suicide, alcoholism, and sexual abuse among them – but she denies the fatalistic view, offering room for hope instead.” – The Globe and Mail
“Reading Lee Maracle’s Celia’s Song feels like the best breathing I’ve ever done. It’s like finding an unlikely friend who truly recognizes me … both the content and structure of Celia’s Song transcend my limited worldview and expand my experience of humanity.” – Winnipeg Review
“There is no book that I’ve read that has had such an emotional impact. A stunning achievement. It is one of the absolute best books I’ve read in years and years.” – Sean Wilson, CBC All in a Day Book Panel
"Celia's Song is tremendous." - Waubgeshig Rice, author of Midnight Sweatlodge and Legacy
"Vividly brings to life the destructive legacy of colonial times - and a community's capacity for healing." - CBC Books
"Lee Maracle is one of Canada's bravest literary voices. She writes with clear-eyed fierceness." - NOW Magazine

More about Celia's Songhttp://www.cormorantbooks.com/9781770864160/.

Listen to Lee Maracle discusses Celia's Song on CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2014/10/celias-song.html

6PM
Monday, April 25 2016
Octopus Books Centretown
@25One Community
251 Bank St. 2nd floor

Please e-mail events@octopusbooks.ca to RSVP!


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