Tucson Festival of Books

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.


Panelists
Cherie Dimaline

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....

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Laurel Goodluck

Laurel Goodluck is Mandan, Hidatsa from the prairies of North Dakota, and Tsimshian from the rainforest in Alaska. She resides in Albuquerque, N.M., with her Diné husband, where they raised two children also bent on storytelling in journalism and acting....

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David A. Robertson

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)....

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Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith is an NSK Neustadt Laureate and acclaimed author of the American Indian Youth Literature Award winning "Hearts Unbroken," "Harvest House," "Sisters of the Neversea," The New York Times best-selling Tantalize and Feral series, "Rain Is Not My Indian Name" and "Jingle Dancer," illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu....

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

The Portal Keeper
The Misewa Saga, Book Four
David A. Robertson
Children
Penguin
October 2023
ISBN 9781774880258
256 pages

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

The Song That Called Them Home
David A. Robertson
Children
Tundra
April 2023
ISBN 9780735266704
52 pages

Too Much
My Great Big Native Family
Laurel Goodluck
Children
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
January 2024
ISBN 9781665911269
40 pages
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Rock Your Mocs
Laurel Goodluck
Children
HarperCollins Publishers
October 2023
ISBN 9780063099890
32 pages
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Forever Cousins
Laurel Goodluck
Children
Charlesbridge Publishing
October 2022
ISBN 9781623542924
32 pages

Harvest House
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Children
National Geographic Books
April 2023
ISBN 9781536218602
320 pages