Indigenous Creators Focal Point of New Graphic Novel Anthology
A new graphic novel anthology from HighWater Press will highlight Indigenous creators including David Alexander Robertson (2017 Governor General’s Literary Award, When We Were Alone), Katherena Vermette (2017 Burt Award, The Break) and Jennifer Storm (2017 CBC Manitoba Future 40).
Slated for print in 2019, This Place: 150 Years Retold will bring the last 150 years to life through Indigenous characters and stunning, full-colour graphic novel art. The writers represent a broad spectrum of Indigenous voices, communities, and experiences.
“This book is an opportunity to shine a light on the stories most Canadians haven’t heard, to learn from Indigenous communities from 1867 to present day – whether these stories are influenced by the creation of Canada or not,” said Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, acquisitions editor for HighWater Press and contributor to This Place. “I’m thrilled to be included among amazing writers like Katherena Vermette and Chelsea Vowel, who have been at the forefront of thought-provoking conversation surrounding Indigenous issues for years.”
Watch for both familiar stories and new creations: Annie Bannatyne, the Oka Crisis, and the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, along with a wendigo killer charged as a serial killer, and a futuristic look at current events from “Métis in Space.” An Inuk girl’s coming-of-age story is infused with magic realism while the Second World War rages in the backdrop.
To enjoy contributor interviews, details about the process, and a sneak peek at the stories, follow along on social media: Twitter (@PortageMainPres), Instagram (@highwaterpress), and Facebook (HighWater Press).
Please visit our media kit for contributor bios, headshots, and images from the book.
Contributors: Writers: Richard Van Camp, Chelsea Vowel, David Alexander Robertson, Jennifer Storm, Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, Brandon Mitchell, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Katherena Vermette, and Sonny Assu; Artists: Tara Audibert, Kyle Charles, Natasha Donovan, GMB Chomichuk, Scott B. Henderson, and Andrew Lodwick; Colour Artists: Scott A. Ford and Donovan Yaciuk (bios attached in media kit).
About the New Chapter initiative
This is one of 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter initiative. With this $35M initiative, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada. <http://canadacouncil.ca/initiatives/new-chapter>