Just Pretending selected for the 2019 One Book, One Province program

Coteau Books is honoured that Just Pretending, by Lisa Bird-Wilson, has been chosen for the Saskatchewan Library Association's 2019 One Book, One Province program. Just Pretending is a vividly realized short story collection about the search for belonging and identity that Richard Wagamese, award-winning author of Indian Horse, has called "a doo-wop ballad, touching, and instantly recognizable." Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed, says Bird-Wilson's stories "are sung low from the throats of women who know heartache for characters you'll never forget ... [her] voice is a voice to be cherished and respected."

Just Pretending was celebrated on February 28 at Government House in Regina, the first work of fiction to be chosen for One Book, One Province, now in its third year. In an interview with the Regina Leader-Post, Colleen Murphy, chair of the One Book, One Province committee said that, "initially, we were really thinking of the whole Métis theme and she brought it to a much broader theme of identity."

"That's something that all human beings want to know and strive for, is to understand where we come from," says Bird-Wilson. "There's an explosion of Indigenous literature happening across the country, (and) it's time to pay attention to the stories that we haven't been hearing and that haven't been told ... or taught in schools." 

For details on Lisa Bird-Wilson's tour of Saskatchewan during March 2019, visit https://saskla.ca/programs/one-book-one-province-2019


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