We are introducing a Common Read for APLA 2018, a first in the history of APLA conferences! The Inconvenient Indian : A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King was recommended for this purpose by our Conference Elder, Imelda Perley. The idea is to prepare conference-goers for the experience that awaits them in Fredericton, as we bring to the fore Indigenous knowledge and cultures, both through special sessions and social events. Our aim is to further the reflection that began in Charlottetown last year about libraries' response to the Truth and Reconciliation Committee's Calls to Action.
Here is how the book is described in Amazon :
Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, The Inconvenient Indian distills the insights gleaned from Thomas King's critical and personal meditation on what it means to be "Indian" in North America, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other. In the process, King refashions old stories about historical events and figures, takes a sideways look at film and pop culture, relates his own complex experiences with activism, and articulates a deep and revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands.
This is a book both timeless and timely, burnished with anger but tempered by wit, and ultimately a hard-won offering of hope--a sometimes inconvenient but nonetheless indispensable account for all of us, Indian and non-Indian alike, seeking to understand how we might tell a new story for the future.
A Common Read session is being planned to allow conference-goers to discuss the book in a relaxed and open environment. The session will be led by Patricia Knockwood (New Brunswick Public Libraries) and Marc Bragdon (University of New Brunswick).
A review of the book is available at http://www.canadashistory.ca/Explore/Books/The-Inconvenient-Indian
The title is also available in French:
- L'Indien malcommode : un portrait inattendu des Autochtones d'Amérique du Nord
- 2017 Illustrated edition ; ISBN 9780385690164
We encourage you to read the book and join us on this journey of discovery!