Recording – Monday, October 18
In response to a question by an attendee, Angeline mentioned some books by Native American authors she recommends:
- Murder on the Red River by Marcie R. Rendon (first book in a series)
- The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline (sequel out!)
- Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend by Erika T. Wurth
- Authors she mentioned: Darcy Little Badger, Kelli Jo Ford, Cynthia Leitich Smith
About Angeline Boulley
Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Angeline lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island. Firekeeper’s Daughter is her debut novel.
- Firekeeper’s Daughter on bookshop.org
Special Guest Interviewer – Melissa Isaac
Melissa Isaac is Anishinaabe Kwe from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. Her Anishinaabe name is Swan Woman and she is sturgeon clan. She is a wife and mother to 4 children. She is a former elementary teacher and lifelong educator. She enjoys traveling to pow-wows with her family where she dances woodland style. Melissa prides herself on having “big auntie power.”
About “Firekeeper’s Daughter”
Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She dreams of a fresh start at college, but when family tragedy strikes, Daunis puts her future on hold to look after her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team.
Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into an FBI investigation of a lethal new drug.
Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source. But the search for truth is more complicated than Daunis imagined, exposing secrets and old scars. At the same time, she grows concerned with an investigation that seems more focused on punishing the offenders than protecting the victims.
Now, as the deceptions—and deaths—keep growing, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go for her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.