Tucson Festival of Books

Cherie Dimaline (she/her/hers)


Angela Weir Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation for Southern AZ

Cherie Dimaline's 2017 book, "The Marrow Thieves," won the Governor General's Award and the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers, was a finalist for the White Pine Award and was named by TIME magazine as one of the best young adult books of all time. Her novel, "Empire of Wild," became an instant Canadian best-seller and was named Indigo's #1 Best Book of 2019. Her new novel is "Into the Bright Open", a re-telling of "The Secret Garden." Dimaline spent many years working in and for Indigenous communities and now lives in her home territory where she is a registered and active member of the Georgian Bay Metis Community.

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Awards: PREVIOUS WORKS HAVE WON: Kirkus Prize; Governor General's Award for Literature; Timothy Findley Award from the Writer's Trust; Burt Award for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Literature

Communities: Indigenous or Native American


Scheduled events:
Resilience Rising: Navigating Violence & Loss
Violence and loss can lead to despair, but can also build the resilience needed to not only survive but to grow in resistance and strength as a person. These YA novels go across time and place, with Elana Arnold's "The Blood Years" set during the Holocaust in Romania and David Bowles' "The Prince and the Coyote" set in 1418 among the Nahuatl in Mexico. Cherie Dimaline's "The Marrow Thieves" is a future dystopia of Indigenous peoples set in Canada.

YA Author Stage (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Teen
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Elana K. Arnold, David Bowles, Cherie Dimaline
Moderator: Sybil Durand
YA Workshop: Remix/Retell to Trouble Classics
One current trend is retelling or remixing classics to challenge problematic aspects of the original book. Cherie Dimaline has remixed The Secret Garden and Peter Pan, while Hailey Alcaraz has retold Gone with the Wind. Cherie and Hailey will share their strategies for remixing classics and then invite participants to consider how they could "trouble" a favorite classic novel.

UA Library YA /Room 254 Main Floor (Seats 55, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Teen
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Hailey Alcaraz, Cherie Dimaline
Moderator: Celeste Trimble
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:
Into the Bright Open: A Secret Garden Remix
Children
Feiwel & Friends
September 2023
ISBN 9781250842657
288 pages
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The Marrow Thieves
Teen
Dancing Cat Books
January 2017
ISBN 9781770864863
234 pages