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IFLS Book Club 2016, Volume 1: Birdie by Tracey Lindberg

I am very excited to announce that plans are in the works for a monthly IFLS book club starting in January!  The idea is to read and chat about books related to feminism & law. Pretty simple actually.

Our first meeting will take place on January 20, 4:30-6:30pm in Rm 3067. We’ll be talking about the book Birdie by Tracey Lindberg, and are thrilled to have the author joining us via skype!

To keep things comfy and cozy, space in the book club will be limited, with priority given to those who would like to participate in the group throughout the semester (with further books and dates to be determined by the group). If you are interested, please email me at danaphillips@osgoode.yorku.ca.

Here’s a short description of Birdie from the author’s website:


cover of novel
Source: http://www.traceylindberg.ca/

Bernice Meetoos will not be broken.

A big, beautiful Cree woman with a dark secret in her past, Bernice (Birdie) has left her home in northern Alberta to travel to Gibsons, B.C. She is on something of a vision quest, looking for family, for home, for understanding. She is also driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat John—Jesse from The Beachcombers—because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Birdie heads for Molly’s Reach to find answers, but they are not the ones she expected.

With the arrival in Gibsons of her Auntie Val and her cousin Skinny Freda, Birdie begins to draw from her dreams the lessons she was never fully taught in life. Part dream quest and part travelogue, Birdie is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from tragedy, informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions. At heart, it is the story of an extraordinary woman who travels to the deepest part of herself to find the strength to face the past and to build a new life.

About the author (from the same website):


photo of Tracey Lindberg
Tracey Lindberg, Photo by Stacy Swanson

is a citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation Rocky Mountain Cree and hails from the Kelly Lake Cree Nation community. She is an award-winning academic writer and teaches Indigenous studies and Indigenous law at two universities in Canada. She sings the blues loudly, talks quietly and is next in a long line of argumentative Cree women. This is her first novel.