The Toronto Book Launch of Daniel Heath Justice's new book Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, at Glad Day Bookshop.
Join Daniel Heath Justice, Gwen Benaway, Erica Violet Lee, and others TBA. Light refreshments will be served.
Why Indigenous Literatures Matter
Part survey of the field of Indigenous literary studies, part cultural history, and part literary polemic, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter asserts the vital significance of literary expression to the political, creative, and intellectual efforts of Indigenous peoples today. In considering the connections between literature and lived experience, this book contemplates four key questions at the heart of Indigenous kinship traditions:
How do we learn to be human?
How do we become good relatives?
How do we become good ancestors?
How do we learn to live together?
Blending personal narrative and broader historical and cultural analysis with close readings of key creative and critical texts, Justice argues that Indigenous writers engage with these questions in part to challenge settler-colonial policies and practices that have targeted Indigenous connections to land, history, family, and self. More importantly, Indigenous writers imaginatively engage the many ways that communities and individuals have sought to nurture these relationships and project them into the future.