June 28: Launch Party for Duncan’s “The Shoe Boy”


Nonvella_ShoeBoy_inviteALTJoin us to celebrate The Shoe Boy, a new classic of First Nations literature in Canada. 

When: Tuesday June 28, 6:00-9:00 pm.

Where: Skwachays Gallery, 29/31 West Pender, Vancouver

What: Fifty percent of book sales for the evening will benefit Kwi Awt Stelmexw, a non-profit organization formed by the Squamish People and led by an amazing young man named KhelsilemKwi Awt Stelmexw exists to strengthen all aspects of Squamish heritage, language, culture, and art. 

There will be a traditional welcome, pulled bison and bannock sliders among other food, and a cash bar featuring Nk’Mip Cellars wine and craft beer. Music provided by Mohawk blues pianist Murray Porter. 

RSVP: We’re limited to about 80 people, so if you’re able to come, let us know as soon as possible: tyee@nonvella.com

NONVELLA_TheShoeBoyDuncan is Anishinaabe, and his first book is a memoir of five months he spent as a teenager with a James Bay Cree family on their trapline in Northern Quebec. It’s frank, funny and poignant, touching on issues of alienation and identity still at the forefront for many First Nations young people today.

Joseph Boyden, Giller Prize-winning author of The Orenda, wrote a glowing advance review of the book: 

“Duncan McCue is one of the most profound and sensitive writers I’ve had the pleasure of reading. And The Shoe Boy is that rare little gem of a book. It’s indelible.” 

The print edition will be available from bookstores June 21. Ebooks go live on Kobo that same day, or you can order a copy from our store here

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