Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The Dreamer's Legacy: Celu Amberstone on Saturday

Kegedonce Books & AWCWC presents: 
book launch & literary celebration  

7 to 9 pm 

Saturday June 9, 2012

Celu Amberstone, The Dreamer's Legacy
Garry Gottfriedson,  Jimmy Tames Horses*
David Campbell, Songmaker
Daniel Heath Justice, author of The Way of Thorn & Thunder Trilogy
+ a variety of performers from the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast
  *more about Garry and his new book here...
The Dreamer’s Legacy is truly an interesting book. It takes a familiar story of the colonization of Indigenous people, and gives it a new and exotic twist. … Celu Amberstone has fashioned a truly original take on aboriginal storytelling ~ it teaches, entertains, and mystifies.”
~Drew Hayden Taylor, author of The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel, Motorcycles & Sweetgrass
“An original and gripping story…. Amberstone transports us to a sad, wild land that is not of our world… to tell a heart-warming story from another culture and another time ”
~Dave Duncan, author of The Seventh Sword, A Man of His Word, A Handful of Men

“…Merges the mythic aboriginal world with the grim realities of cultural disintegration. The Dreamer’s Legacy is a compelling read”
~Eileen Kernaghan, author of Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural

Open Book

Tell us about your new book, The Dreamer’s Legacy.

Celu Amberstone

.... Tasimu, the novel’s protagonist, is a youth who can call down the power of the northern lights, but he is also a boy troubled by the mystery surrounding his birth. Before he can determine the truth of his parentage, gold is found and soldiers come north with orders to remove his people from their arctic home. Can Tasimu discover who his mysterious father is, and can he master his gift, and help his people survive their terrible journey? Read and find out.
excerpt from Open Book Ontario interview: read more here
 Celu Amberstone has worked as a journalist with a special interest in sff
read some of her many interviews (2004-2008) for 
a mini-tutorial of the business

Online Fiction: 
 Refugees by Celu Amberstone 
The Magic of Crimson by Celu Amberstone

Story by Celu Amberstone: "Refugees"
Celu Amberstone's story "Refugees" is in So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy, a new anthology from Arsenal Pulp Press in Vancouver. So Long Been Dreaming, edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan, features original new stories by African, Asian, South Asian, and Aboriginal authors, as well as North American and British writers of colour. (source ~ I updated the links here)
Review of the anthology on The Hathor Legacy, with videos
One scholastic response begins by raising good questions:

Miindiwag, the native “giveaway” in the anishinaabe (Grandmother never used the term “potlatch” of native ceremonies but surely understood the ceremonial give and game of wealth and power). Curative stories told in an ironic giveaway!
~Gerald Vizenor
Postcolonial SF and fantasy often seem inherently contradictory regarding indigenous issues. Native intellectuals have for decades questioned the “post” in postcolonial and have cited the history of attempts to unsettle hard-won treaty and court claims giving indigenous sovereignties to various nation-states that exist within new-world, first-world colonizing governments in the Americas. While SF and fantasy have the capacity to facilitate a politics of recognition,1 how can their lessons carry genuine weight when the speculative terrain itself diffuses Amerindian, Aboriginal, and Native outlooks and exploits the common leitmotif equating the indigenous/Native with the alien other?2
~Grace Dillon, "Miindiwag and Indigenous Diaspora: Eden Robinson's and Celu Amberstone's Forays into "Postcolonial" Science Fiction and Fantasy." Extrapolation 48:2, more here (at a price)
 Come out to the launch & find out!

 Reviews source + more about book & author: Kegedonce Press

Nonfiction books by Celu: philosophy & life teachings

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