August 22, 2017

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Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s new collection of writings: This Accident of Being Lost

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s new collection of writings: This Accident of Being Lost

Award-winning Nishnaabeg writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s collection of writings This Accident of Being Lost is a provocative and relevant adventure of poetry, song and prose. A journey in getting lost, in all kinds of ways, Simpson’s work is incredibly economical, with each word seemingly measured and weighed with great care, producing just the right balance of sarcasm and the sacred: The humor, wonder and romance the characters experience in Akiden Boreal is so textured, it makes the senses writhe in longing; Minomiinikeshi in the poignant piece minomiinikeshi sings, is the dancing, windy spirit of wild rice, and then the impatient, death metal-listening car passenger in Unsubstantiated Health Benefits. Simpson moves through a day-to-day decolonizing reality with ease, often veering into the comedic, navel-gazing tendencies of today’s Internet addiction. At times the works turn at a smooth, dreamy pace, like being on a Ferris wheel, then suddenly grind to a halt with you at the very top, swinging in your seat, as Simpson lays a line down that grabs at you like a sharp wind: It matters if you are born with a target on your back or not; Our kids won’t be Mississauga if they can’t ever do a single Mississauga thing; Like golf courses and dream catchers and selling out are all we have left. The stories range from haunting and intimate to sarcastic and accessible as NDN maneuvers the landmines of settler colonialism as in the brilliant and pointed Tidy Bun and Plight. Simpson deftly moves through and combines Nishnaabeg stories, the realities of indigeneity, and fantastical spaces, and her successful career as a FN scholar, writer and musician are evidenced here is this exceptionally affecting work.

Cover art by Rebecca Belmore

THIS ACCIDENT OF BEING LOST
House of Anansi Press Inc.
ISBN 978-1-4870-0127-8
Publication date: April 8, 2017
For more information contact Cindy Ma, 416-363-4343 cindy@anansi.ca

 

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About The Author

Melanie Lefebvre

Melanie is a Métis/Irish mother, writer, and visual artist. Her freelance career spans 20 years with experience in short stories, journalism, communications, public relations, human resources, and education. She is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada, English Language Arts Network, and the Quebec Writers' Federation. She holds a BA in English Literature from Concordia University and is presently working on her BFA. Women’s liberation, experience, feminism, bodies, and daily ‘performance’ are of immense interest to Melanie; the numerous roles women play out on society’s stage are difficult to choreograph, perform, and embody. Exploring these realities: living, speaking, writing, and creating art about them is a necessary practice. Sewing is a technique that is prevalent in much of her art work as it is an integral aspect in the story of women: it is a practical art form that women had permission to explore, and it is often overlooked as a medium and considered to be a low art form, or craft. Women learned to use sewing in various ways to satisfy their intellectual and artistic pursuits, as other high art forms were denied them. Sewing was also an important, necessary method of creating and living used by Indigenous Peoples when their usual forms of expression like dance, singing, and ceremony were banned by colonial forces. Art making in Indigenous cultures has often been a story of triumph against tyranny.

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