Next Monday will be particularly exciting for Up Ghost River: A Chief’s Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History, Edmund Metatawabin’s memoir of overcoming the trauma of residential school. Edmund is the former Chief of Fort Albany First Nation in James Bay, Ontario, and has been active in the court cases concerning the abuses in St. Anne’s Residential School.
Up Ghost River is a finalist for the Ontario Legislative Assembly Speaker’s Book Award, and the winner will be announced on Monday evening. At the same time I will be at Massey College at the University of Toronto, speaking about the experience of editing the memoir. Up Ghost River is the Massey College Quadrangle Society book club pick for February.
Up Ghost River was a national bestseller, won the CBC Bookie Award, and was a finalist for the Trillium Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction.
In some ways, it was one of the most challenging books I’ve edited. The writing and editing process, which took almost five years, taught me an enormous amount about memory, trauma, personal and intergenerational healing, and cultural divides. I’ll be speaking about that and more at Massey College.