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Moon of the Crusted Snow
Saturday, Oct. 26 | 7 PM | Forsyth Hall
The loss of power in a small northern community is exacerbated by the arrival of strangers with an agenda of their own. Moon of the Crusted Snow blends action and allegory to upend our expectations in this daring, post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice. Waubgeshig Rice will be in conversation with Richard Van Camp.
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Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation on Georgian Bay. His first short story collection, Midnight Sweatlodge, was inspired by his experiences growing up in an Anishinaabe community, and won an Independent Publishers Book Award. His debut novel, Legacy, followed in 2014, and was translated into French in 2017. He lives in Sudbury, Ontario with his wife and son.

Moon of the Crusted Snow opens with winter looming in a small northern Anishinaabe community that unexpectedly goes dark. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, visitors arrive, escaping the crumbling society to the south.

As the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve, tensions rise, and so does the death toll. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again, while grappling with a grave decision.
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Richard Van Camp is a Tlicho Dene writer from Fort Smith, N.W.T. who has written over 20 books across multiple genres. His graphic novel A Blanket of Butterflies was nominated for an Eisner Award and his children's book Little You, illustrated by Julie Flett, was translated into Bush Cree, Plains Cree, South Slavey and Chipewyan. His novel The Lesser Blessed was adapted into a film by First Generation Films.