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A Really Good Brown Girl

Brick Books Classics 4

by (author) Marilyn Dumont

introduction by Lee Maracle

Publisher
Brick Books
Initial publish date
Aug 2015
Category
Native American, Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771313452
    Publish Date
    Aug 2015
    List Price
    $20.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781771313858
    Publish Date
    Feb 2016
    List Price
    $11.99

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  • Age: 14
  • Grade: 9

Description

Deluxe redesign of the Gerald Lampert Award—winning classic.

On the occasion of the press's 40th anniversary, Brick Books is proud to present the fourth of six new editions of classic books from our back catalogue. This edition of A Really Good Brown Girl features a new Introduction by Lee Maracle, a new Afterword by the author and a new cover and design by the renowned typographer Robert Bringhurst.

First published in 1996, A Really Good Brown Girl is a fierce, honest and courageous account of what it takes to grow into one's self and one's Métis heritage in the face of myriad institutional and cultural obstacles. It is an indispensable contribution to Canadian literature.

I am looking at a school picture, grade five, I am smiling easily — I look poised, settled, like I belong. I won an award that year for most improved student. I learned to follow really well. “from “Memoirs of a Really Good Brown Girl?

?No other book so exonerates us, elevates us and at the same time indicts Canada in language so eloquent it almost hurts to hear it.” “Lee Maracle, from the Introduction

About the authors

Marilyn Dumont is the author of four collections of poems: A Really Good Brown Girl (winner of the 1997 Gerald Lampert Award), green girl dreams Mountains (winner of the Writer’s Guild of Alberta’s 2001 Stephan G. Stephansson Award), That Tongued Belonging (winner of the 2007 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Poetry Book of the Year and Aboriginal Book of the Year Award) and The Pemmican Eaters (published in 2015 by ECW Press). Marilyn has been Writer-in-Residence at the Edmonton Public Library and in numerous universities across Canada. In addition, she has been faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Writing with Style and Wired Writing programs, as well as an advisor and mentor in their Indigenous Writers’ Program. She serves as a board member on The Public Lending Rights Commission of Canada, and freelances for a living.

Marilyn Dumont's profile page

Lee Maracle is a member of the Sto:Lo nation. She was born in Vancouver and grew up on the North Shore. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ravensong and Daughters Are Forever. Her novel for young adults, Will’s Garden was well-received and is taught in schools. She has also published on book of poetry, Bent Box, and a work of creative non-fiction, I Am Woman. She is the co-editor of a number of anthologies, including the award winning anthology My Home As I Remember and Telling It: Women and Language across Culture. Her work has been published in anthologies and scholarly journals worldwide. The mother of four and grandmother of seven, Maracle is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto, the Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s House, and instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and the S.A.G.E. (Support for Aboriginal Graduate Education). She is also a writing instructor at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

In 2009, Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University. Maracle recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among Aboriginal Youth, and is 2014 finalist for the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington.

Lee Maracle's profile page

Librarian Reviews

A Really Good Brown Girl

A Really Good Brown Girl is a collection of forty-nine poems arranged in four sections: Squaw Poems, What More Than Dance, White Noise and Made of Water. Each reflects various emotional, personal and social issues Aboriginal peoples have experienced. Although the poetry addresses serious themes, Dumont challenges the reader with wit and humour.

Marilyn Dumont, a descendant of Gabriel Dumont, is a writer from northeastern Alberta. She is an Aboriginal educator. Her poems are anthologized in The Road Home, Writing the Circle, The Colour of Resistance, Locating Identity and Looking At The Words of Our People.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2007-2008.

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