Take Us to Your Chief, by Drew Hayden Taylor (Douglas & McIntyre) Shortlisted for the 70th Anniversary Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour Award
Toronto, ON. Canada —Douglas & McIntyre is pleased to announce Take Us to Your Chief has been recognized in the shortlist for the 70th Anniversary Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour Award . The other finalists are Gary Barwin, Yiddish for Pirates and Amy Jones We’re All In This Together.
In its 70th year, the Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour promotes the growth of Canadian humour writing and annually honours the best in Canadian literary humour. The winner of the Leacock Medal and accompanying $15,000 prize will be announced at a gala dinner celebrating all three shortlisted authors June 10, 2017, at Geneva Park Conference Centre near Orillia, Ontario.
Take Us to Your Chief is a contemporary First Nations reinterpretation of classic science-fiction stories. Peaceful aliens, hostile invaders, space & time travel are exposed to a new perspectives, becoming variously mysterious, magical and humorous. Take Us to Your Chief is the perfect mesh of nostalgically 1950’s-esque science fiction with modern First Nations discourse.
“…playfully subversive tone…”The Malahat Review
“amusing, often heartbreaking, and always thoughtful vision of science fiction through an Aboriginal perspective… these stories beg to be read aloud.” Tor.com
“…[Drew Hayden Taylor] has found a brilliant way to spotlight the true dystopian condition of Canada’s First Nations people through classic themes…reflective Bradbury-esque melancholy…literature like this is timely, needed and logical.” Winnipeg Free Press
“…powerful and thought-provoking, infusing the individual pieces with genuine weight and significance.” Quill & Quire
“This writing is not a subgenre unto itself yet, but it should be. A critical engagement with the present and a promise of futurity.” The Globe and Mail
DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR is an Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario and an award-winning playwright, journalist, short-story writer, novelist, commentator, scriptwriter and documentarian. As a creator, he strives to educate and inform about issues that interfere with, reflect on and celebrate the lives of Canada’s First Nations. In Take Us to Your Chief Taylor turns his attention to another genre: Science Fiction.
About Douglas & McIntyre: Douglas & McIntyre is one of Canada’s pre-eminent independent publishers, with books that have won many national and international awards. www.douglas-mcintyre.com
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