Robert Hayashi featured in Telegraph-Journal article on First Nations Literature


eBOUND’s own Robert Hayashi was recently interviewed about independent Canadian publishers’ desire to engage in the digital marketplace. The piece focuses on First Nations literature in New Brunswick, and, more specifically, on its possible revival through the re-printing of Lorne Joseph Simon’s seminal work Stones and Switches.

A summary of the article:

  • Twenty years ago, Lorne Joseph Simon had just graduated at the top of the class from the En’owkin International School of Writing in Penticton, B.C. A Mi’kmaq from Elsipogtog First Nation in Kent County, N.B., Simon had the potential to be not only the greatest aboriginal novelist, but the greatest New Brunswick author of his generation, period. But Simon would never see his writing in print. In 1994, he died in a car accident while the final proof of his first novel was on its way to him in the mail. Critically praised, his novel, ‘Stones and Switches,’ is a CanLit gem that has long been out of print, left to tarnish. And, like his writing, Simon’s promise of a revitalization of New Brunswick aboriginal literature has also failed to be realized. But with work underway to get ‘Stones and Switches’ back in print, Mike Landry looks at the current state of New Brunswick’s aboriginal literature to see what is being done, and still needs to be done, to earn a spot in the CanLit canon.

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