Join us at 2pm on Saturday June 13th for an afternoon with Billy-Ray Belcourt! This event will feature an author reading, question and answer period, and opportunities to purchase books and get them signed.

Billy-Ray Belcourt (Driftpile Cree Nation) won the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2018 for This Wound is a World. Belcourt’s style blends memoir and manifesto, moving from elegy to first person confessional as the tone alternates from irreverent to austere. His poems are preoccupied with the body at the same time as they reject the limits of the body as conceptualized from a colonial framework. His second book, NDN Coping Mechanisms, is a “genre-bending constellation of poetry, photography, redaction, and poetics, [where] Belcourt ultimately argues that if signifiers of Indigenous suffering are everywhere, so too is evidence of Indigenous peoples’ rogue possibility, their utopian drive.” Belcourt’s third book, the memoir A History of My Brief Body, is slated for publication in May 2020. Billy-Ray Belcourt’s work speaks to diverse issues relevant to local Indigenous communities, including mainstream portrayals of Indigenous life, the intersections of queer and Indigenous identities, colonial violence, and more.

The Edmonton Journal has said “Belcourt, in a cutting, contemporary idiom, has made himself the urgent fresh voice of his generation…”

This event is part of the author reading series Big Names, Little City. All events are moderated by members of the Federation of British Columbia Writers with book sales provided by Windowseat Books. Don’t miss other events at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library featuring Michael Christie, Eve Joseph, and Susan Juby.

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