Tucson Festival of Books

David A. Robertson (he/him/his)


David A. Robertson is the author of numerous books for young readers, including Governor General's Literary Award winners "When We Were Alone" and "On the Trapline" (which also won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award). "The Barren Grounds," the first book in the middle-grade Misewa Saga series, was a Kirkus and Quill & Quire best middle-grade book of 2020, as well as a USBBY and Texas Lone Star selection. The second book in the series, "The Great Bear," was removed from Durham District School Board libraries in 2022. Robertson was recently announced as editorial director of a forthcoming imprint of Tundra Books dedicated to publishing Indigenous writers and illustrators. A sought-after speaker and educator, Robertson is a member of the Norway House Cree Nation and lives in Winnipeg. His newest picture book, illustrated by Maya McKibbin, is "The Song That Called Them Home." The fourth book in The Misewa Saga is "The Portal Keeper."

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Awards: Governor General's Literary Award (twice), TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, Freedom to Read Award

Communities: Indigenous or Native American


Scheduled events:
Portals as Passageways to Life-Changing Adventures
A portal serves as a gateway, inviting characters to travel through time/space into a new fantasy world. Adventures in that world challenge characters to change their lives. The portals in these books lead to the Cree world of Misewa, Japanese mythical creatures, and an Arthurian adventure.

Education Room 353 (Seats 92, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Callie C. Miller, David A. Robertson, Misa Sugiura
Moderator: Janelle Mathis
Indigenous Stories by Indigenous Voices
Books featuring Indigenous characters created by Indigenous authors have become a significant trend. Indigenous authors who write in different genres for different audiences talk about this movement to tell Native stories by Native voices -- why it matters, their views on the books being published, and their books as contributions to the field.

Education Room 353 (Seats 92, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cherie Dimaline, Laurel Goodluck, David A. Robertson, Cynthia Leitich Smith
Moderator: LaCher Pacheco

Books:
The Portal Keeper
The Misewa Saga, Book Four
Children
Penguin
October 2023
ISBN 9781774880258
256 pages

The Barren Grounds
The Misewa Saga, Book One
Children
Tundra Book Group
August 2021
ISBN 9780735266124
256 pages