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For the past 27 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent that appeared at our 28th festival on September 24, 2017
Whether fighting alone to get back to family or fighting with family to protect the people you call home, Aviaq Johnston and Rick Revelle’s books explore the ways we fight for what we love.
Set twelve years after the events of Algonquin Spring, this book follows the now-grown Anokì, his sister Pangì Mahingan, and the rest of their family as they face a new enemy: the Lakhóta.
Rick Revelle was born in Smiths Falls, Ontario, and raised in the Odessa and Wilton areas. He is a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation. His two previous books in the Algonquin Quest series were I Am Algonquin and Algonquin Spring. He lives in Glenburnie, Ontario.
After a blizzard leaves young shaman-in-training Pitu stranded on the sea ice, he soon realizes that he is no longer in the world that he once knew. The storm has carried him into the world of the spirits. As he tries to find his way back home, Pitu is plagued by ravenous black wolves, water-dwelling creatures, and beings less frightening, but equally as incredible, such as a lone giant. Pitu must master all of his shamanic powers to make his way back to his family and the girl he loves.
Aviaq Johnston is a young Inuk author from Igloolik, Nunavut. Her debut novel Those Who Run in the Sky was released in the spring of 2017, followed by What’s My Superpower?, her first picture book. In 2014, she won first place in the Aboriginal Arts and Stories competition for her short story “Tarnikuluk,” which also earned her a Governor General’s History Award. Aviaq is a graduate of Nunavut Sivuniksavut, and she has a diploma in Social Service Work from Canadore College. Aviaq loves to travel.