Terese Marie Mailhot graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an MFA in fiction, and received a Whiting Award for Nonfiction in 2019. Heart Berries: A Memoir was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction. It was selected as best book of the year by Harper’s Bazaar, New York Public Library, Library Journal and NPR, among many other accolades.
Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar II, Terese Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. Mailhot’s unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story and, in so doing, re-establishes her connection to her family, to her people and to her place in the world.
Marilyn Dumont is of Cree and Metis ancestry. Her first collection of poetry, A Really Good Brown Girl, won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Other collections include Green Girl Dreams Mountain; that tongued belonging, which won the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year; and The Pemmican Eaters, which won the 2016 Writers Guild of Alberta Stephan G. Stephansson award.
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