Basil Johnston was one of the foremost Anishinaabe writers and storytellers, and his comedic stories about life in Residential School, Indian School Days, is a classic. Candies was Johnston's first collection of humorous works in decades.Excerpt from "Indian on Bicycle" found in Candies:Both cars raced off. Tires squealed. Rubber burned. 50 ... 60 ... 70 ... 80 miles an hour.Behind, the old Indian, his hair flying, his shirt flapping and snapping like a wind-blown flag, was desperately ringing his bell, "ding, ding, ding." ..."Better get ready to flag down a couple of fool kids racing down the road about 80 miles an hour. But you won't believe this ... there's an old Indian on a bicycle trying to pass them!"
About the authors
Basil Johnston has written 15 books in English and 5 in Ojibway to show that there is much more to North American Indigenous life than social organization, hunting and fishing, food preparation, clothing, dwellings and transportation. Among the books that Basil has written are Ojibway Heritage, Indian School Days, Crazy Dave, and Honour Earth Mother (Kegedonce Press). Basil believes the key to understanding culture is language and to this end he has developed audio programs on cassette and CD. For his work Johnston has received numerous awards including the Order of Ontario and Honourary Doctorates from the University of Toronto and Laurentian University.
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (she/her/hers) is a writer, poet, spoken-word performer, librettist, and activist from the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, as well as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Indigenous Literatures and Oral Traditions at the University of Toronto. She is the founder and Managing Editor of Kegedonce Press which was established in 1993 to publish the work of Indigenous creators. Kateri has written two books of poetry, was a contributor to the graphic novel anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold, was editor of the award-winning Skins: Contemporary Indigenous Writing, and has also released two poetry and music CDs. Kateri's work has been published internationally, and she has performed and spoken around the world. (Re)Generation: The Poetry of Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, a book of collected poems, edited by Dallas Hunt, will be released this year by Wilfrid Laurier Press.
Johnston "moves effortlessly through cultural divides and through the oral and written worlds...The awe in his writing is his distinctive style." -2013 Jury, OAC Aboriginal Arts Award "Basil Johnston will always be one of our nation's great minds and storytellers. To have known him was to know a man who understood the great medicine in humour. I urge you to read this book. You will laugh out loud and maybe learn a thing or two as you do."- Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda"Everyone who met Basil Johnston found him not only ingenious and sharp, but hilarious. Every single narrative he told - indeed every single word - was selected for meaning and layer. Spend time with him now in the pages of Candies, and find out why he is one of the best storytellers ever."- Niigaan Sinclair, Head, Department of Native Studies, University of Manitoba
Other titles by Basil H. Johnston
Other titles by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
The Poetry of Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
Conversations about Indigenous Manhood
150 Years Retold
Way of Thorn and Thunder, The
Gentle Habit, A
The Stone Collection
the trees are still bending south
languages are beyond price
W'daub Awae, Speaking True
A Kegedonce Press Anthology
The Way of Thorn and Thunder