Shades of Gray Smith at Red Brick
May 19th, 2015
Monique Gray Smith will join award-winning North Saanich poet Pamela Porter for readings on June 5th at the Red Brick Café in Sidney to support the 2015 Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival to be held October 2-4, 2015.
The Festival will feature 19-20 award-winning authors from Western Canada, including well-known names such as John Vaillant, Richard Wagamese, Fred Stenson, Lorna Crozier and Arleen Pare.
Red Brick Readings
Friday, June 5th at 7 pm
Red Brick Café, Sidney
Tickets at Tanner’s Books, Sidney and Munro’s Books, Victoria
Monique Gray Smith is a mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry and a proud mom of young twins. Under the umbrella of her own business, Little Drum Consulting, she works as a consultant, writer and international speaker. Having been sober and involved in her healing journey for more than twenty years, she published her fictionalized memoir, Tilly: a Story of Hope and Resilience (Sono Nis Press 2013) and won First Prize in the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature in 2014. The book recounts how she was able to overcome her parents’ divorce, the loss of her grandmother, substance abuse, and fear of personal failure to discover more about her culture and herself. Through her writing she hopes to “help shift paradigms and perspectives of us as Indigenous peoples in Canada. I am always in awe of the strength of the human spirit.”
Monique Gray Smith lives with her family on Lkwungen Territory in Victoria.
For more info, visit www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca under “Other Events”.
Tilly: a Story of Hope and Resilience (Sono Nis Press 2013; 2014) $19.95 978-1-55039-209-8
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