Join library staff and Hospice Dufferin for the 100% Certainty Book Club where through great books and stimulating conversation, we work to destigmatize grief and loss, making it something we can all talk about. This month we will be reading: From the Ashes: My Story of Being Metis, Homeless and Finding My Way by Jessie Thistle.
A Canada Reads selection, this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir chronicles Jesse’s life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is.
Jesse Thistle is Métis-Cree, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and an assistant professor in Humanities at York University in Toronto. From the Ashes was the top-selling Canadian book in 2020, the winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Nonfiction, Indigenous Voices Award, and High Plains Book Award, and also a finalist for CBC Canada Reads. Jesse won a Governor General’s Academic Medal in 2016, and is a 2016 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a 2016 Vanier Scholar. A frequent keynote speaker, he lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife, Lucie, and is at work on multiple projects, including his next book.
Copies of the book are available to borrow. Please register in advance to arrange book pick-up.