Author: Richard Wagamese
One Story, One Song by Richard Wagamese
Readers have embraced Richard Wagamese’s writing for its honesty, its piercing beauty and its wisdom. Says the Georgia Straight of One Story, One Song: “Wagamese’s prose addresses both sorrow and joy with a gratitude that can only be earned. . . These anecdotes glow like embers in a hearth, temporarily dispelling the chill of the world outside, placating with gentle warmth.”
In One Story, One Song, Wagamese invites readers to accompany him on his travels. His focus is on stories: ow they shape us, how they empower us, how they change our lives. Ancient and contemporary, cultural and spiritual, funny and sad. Whether he’s gleaning understanding from a wolf track, celebrating love on a wild roller-coaster ride, meeting residential school survivors or discovering the universe in an eagle feather, Wagamese offers his observations with true generosity of spirit. As Always, the land serves as his guide. And as always, he finds that home means not just community but conversation – good, straight-hearted talk about important things. We all need to tell our stories, he says, and every voice matters.
Richard Wagamese (1955-2017), an Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northern Ontario, was recognized as one of Canada’s Foremost First Nations authors and story tellers. He authored fifteen books including his best selling memoirs One Native Life (2008) and One Story, One Song (2011), which received the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. His acclaimed novel Indian Horse (2012) was the 2013 People’s Choice winner in CBC’s Canada Reads competition. His final book, Embers (2016), a collection of Ojibway meditations, was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize.
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