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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

This Accident of Being Lost

Songs and Stories

by (author) Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Publisher
House of Anansi Press Inc
Initial publish date
Apr 2017
Category
Short Stories (single author), Native American & Aboriginal, Literary
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487001278
    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price
    $19.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487001292
    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price
    $16.95
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781487004484
    Publish Date
    Jun 2018
    List Price
    $34.99
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781487005092
    Publish Date
    Jun 2018
    List Price
    $34.99

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Description

A knife-sharp new collection of stories and songs from award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson that rebirths a decolonized reality, one that circles in and out of time and resists dominant narratives or comfortable categorization.

This Accident of Being Lost is the knife-sharp new collection of stories and songs from award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. These visionary pieces build upon Simpson's powerful use of the fragment as a tool for intervention in her critically acclaimed collection Islands of Decolonial Love.

A crow watches over a deer addicted to road salt; Lake Ontario floods Toronto to remake the world while texting “ARE THEY GETTING IT?”; lovers visit the last remaining corner of the boreal forest; three comrades guerrilla-tap maples in an upper middle-class neighbourhood; and Kwe gets her firearms license in rural Ontario. Blending elements of Nishnaabeg storytelling, science fiction, contemporary realism, and the lyric voice, This Accident of Being Lost burns with a quiet intensity, like a campfire in your backyard, challenging you to reconsider the world you thought you knew.

About the author

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Leanne's books are regularly used in courses across Canada and the United States including Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, The Gift Is in the Making, Lighting the Eighth Fire (editor), This Is An Honour Song (editor with Kiera Ladner) and The Winter We Danced: Voice from the Past, the Future and the Idle No More Movement (Kino-nda-niimi editorial collective). Her paper "Land As Pedagogy" was awarded the Most thought-provoking 2014 article in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Her latest book, As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance is being published by the University of Minnesota Press in the fall of 2017. As a writer, Leanne was named the inaugural RBC Charles Taylor Emerging writer by Thomas King. She has published extensive fiction and poetry in both book and magazine form. Her second book of short stories and poetry, This Accident of Being Lost is a follow up to the acclaimed Islands of Decolonial Love and was published by the House of Anansi Press in Spring 2017. Leanne is Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg and a member of Alderville First Nation.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's profile page

Awards

  • Runner-up, Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
  • Runner-up, Trillium Book Award
  • Commended, A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book
  • Commended, National Post 99 Best Books of the Year

Editorial Reviews

A testament to the power of connection, This Accident of Being Lost is by turns poignant, funny, fiercely angry and deeply sad . . . remarkable.

Toronto Star

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a poet who strides through multiple realms. In This Accident of Being Lost, she carries the reader along with her urgent, direct address . . . It is the uneasiness and emotional uncertainty of her characters that makes the book strangely addictive. I was stunned by Simpson’s generosity in sharing these experiences and inviting us to be challenged and to be lost. I welcomed having my assumptions about urban Indigenous people upended, and this is accomplished with the nourishing humour, wisdom, and poetic, loose-limbed lines that have been sewn through the stories.

Globe and Mail

A stunning collection of poetry, song, and short fiction. These short pieces are darkly humorous, elegantly constructed, and beautifully sorrowful . . . The stories are not bleak, and a wry sense of humor glimmers throughout, walking hand in hand with damaged humanity to create a gentleness that combats the sometimes grim subject matter . . . This is a truly creative and heartfelt work, thoroughly modern in tone and timbre.

Publisher's Weekly

User Reviews

Cracked me open with new viewpoints!

This is not a book to make you feel good. This is a book that makes you feel uncomfortable. As a white woman reading this book I felt guilt, I laughed at myself and my efforts and I sure did learn a lot. I think that reading this book is important and I think that people should do it, but they might be a little uncomfortable along the way. And that’s a good thing white people. We should get uncomfortable.

This is a collection which might be a bit difficult to explain. It is made up of short stories, poetry and lyrics. It is powerful and mighty. It touches you in new ways and cracks open a whole new way of understanding, a new viewpoint. It makes you giggle at what you thought you understood.

My favourite parts of the collection were the almost dystopian stories that looked a little bit into the future where we encounter a messed up and shitty old Mother Earth. People have ruined Canada and there is almost no natural world left. These stories are fascinating and gut wrenching. In my favourite story we encounter a pair of lovers about to pay all the money they have in the world to visit the last remaining corner of the boreal forest.

There are also some aspects of Nishnaabeg storytelling, with a twist. All in all an imaginative and excellent collection.

Other titles by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

A Short History of the Blockade

Giant Beavers, Diplomacy, and Regeneration in Nishnaabewin

by (author) Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
introduction by Jordan Abel

Noopiming

The Cure for White Ladies

by (author) Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg

This is our Territory

by (author) Doug Williams
edited by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Keetsahnak / Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters

edited by Kim Anderson, Maria Campbell & Christi Belcourt
contributions by Stella August, Tracy Bear, Robyn Bourgeois, Rita Bouvier, Maya Ode’amik Chacaby, Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group, Susan Gingell, Michelle Good, Laura Harjo, Sarah Hunt, Robert Alexander Innes, Beverly Jacobs, Tanya Kappo, Tara Kappo, Lyla Kinoshameg, Helen Knott, Sandra Lamouche, Jo-Anne Lawless, Debra Leo, Kelsey T. Leonard, Ann-Marie Livingston, Brenda Macdougall, Sylvia Maracle, Jenell Navarro, Darlene R. Okemaysim-Sicotte, Pahan Pte San Win, Ramona Reece, Kimberly Robertson, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Beatrice Starr, Madeleine Kétéskwew Dion Stout, Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy & Alex Wilson

Luminous Ink

Writers on Writing in Canada

edited by Tessa McWatt, Rabindranath Maharaj & Dionne Brand
contributions by Margaret Atwood, Madeleine Thien, M.G. Vassanji, Lawrence Hill, Pascale Quiviger, Nino Ricci, Sheila Fischman, Heather O'Neill, Camilla Gibb, Eden Robinson, Lee Maracle, Rawi Hage, Michael Helm, Lisa Moore, Rita Wong, Hiromi Goto, George Elliott Clarke, Nicole Brossard, Judith Thompson, David Chariandy, Richard Van Camp, Marie-Hélène Poitras, Stephen Henighan, Greg Hollingshead, Michael Ondaatje & Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Islands of Decolonial Love

by (author) Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

The Gift Is in the Making

Anishinaabeg Stories

by (author) Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Dancing On Our Turtle's Back

Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence, and a New Emergence

by (author) Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

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