Jesse Thistle   vt program graphic   Nov 9

NEW DATE! See Jesse Thistle on Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Jesse Thistle is Métis-Cree from Prince Albert, SK. As a child, Jesse briefly found himself in the foster care system before ending up in the home of his paternal grandparents. During his late teens, Thistle succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, spending more than a decade on and off the streets, often homeless.

In this heart-warming and gut-wrenching memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his past, the abuse he endured, and how he uncovered the truth about his parents. Through perseverance and education, he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family.

Thistle is an Assistant Professor in Métis Studies at York University in Toronto. In 2019, he was named one of the 50 most influential Torontonians. From the Ashes is a #1 national bestseller, and was a finalist for CBC Canada Reads, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Nonfiction and the Indigenous Voices Award, a Globe & Mail Book of the Year, an Indigo Book of the Year, and a CBC Best Canadian Nonfiction Book of the Year.

Celina Loyer is the Aboriginal Programmer on staff at the Musée Héritage Museum. Working alongside the Program Manager, she develops and leads programs that have Aboriginal content and information.

Order From the Ashes from Glass Bookshop or Audreys Books.


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