One Book One Community

One Book One Community
Thursday, Mar 31 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Haven Phoenix Auditorium


$25 I Doors 7pm, Event 7:30pm – 

Reading and Reconciliation: One Book One Community
With author of Five Little Indians Michelle Good, and host, Honorary Witness Shelagh Rogers

Book clubs promote a love of literature in a positive and nurturing environment, bringing readers together to learn about and discuss something that matters to them. Reading and Reconciliation has been an important endeavour of the Gabriola Arts Council and the Isle of the Arts Festival for over six years. Originally inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, this year’s One Book One Community event brings us together through the novel Five Little Indians by Michelle Good.

Michelle Good is a descendent of the Battle River Cree, and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation. She has worked with Indigenous organizations since she was a teenager and at 43, obtained her law degree from UBC. She has practiced law in the public and private sectors since then, primarily advocating for Residential School Survivors. In 2014, she graduated from UBC with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing in 2014 where her first novel, Five Little Indians, started taking shape. Five Little Indians went on to win the HarperCollins/UBC Best New Fiction Prize, the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, The 2021 Amazon First Novel Award, and the 2021 Kobo Emerging Author Prize in
Literary Fiction. Michelle is currently working on her second novel.

With compassion and insight, Five Little Indians chronicles the desperate quest of residential school survivors to come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward.

Five Little Indians went on to win the HarperCollins/UBC Best New Fiction Prize, the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, The 2021 Amazon First Novel Award, and the 2021 Kobo Emerging Author Prize in Literary Fiction. Michelle is currently working on her second novel.

Shelagh Rogers is a veteran broadcast-journalist and host/producer of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter devoted to writing in Canada. In 2011, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. That same year she was inducted as an Honorary Witness to the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

A century ago, Shelagh’s great-grandmother Edith Rogers was the first Métis woman and the first woman to be elected to the Manitoba Legislature. Edith used her voice for social change and inspires Shelagh to do the same. Shelagh is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria and UVic Chancellor Emerita. This past summer, Shelagh had the honour of being Michelle Good’s roommate at the Writers at Woody Point Festival in Gros Morne, Newfoundland. They got along splendidly.

Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
To borrow a copy of Five Little Indians, please contact the Gabriola Public Library. Or find it for sale at Page’s Resort and Marina or anywhere books are sold.

*Due to current Provincial Health Orders still in place, Vaccine Passports and ID will be required at this event.

The Gabriola Arts Council acknowledges with gratitude our hosts, the Snuneymuxw First Nation, and recognize that we live and create on unceded Coast Salish territory.

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