Brock's Summer 2014 Pick

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Brock's Summer 2014 Pick

 What is it?

Brock's Summer 2014 Pick is an initiative that draws its inspiration from CBC's annual contest "Canada Reads".  In Brock's Version we are encouraging everyone to read three great books and rate them online.  In April we will announce the book that won the highest ratings and that will be the book that the community recommends everyone read in the summer of 2014, if they have not yet read it.

Read one, two or all three.  You do not have to read them all. When the survey opens in March, simply rate whichever you have read.

We hope that Brock's Summer Pick will become an annual event, but this inaugural version has been organized to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Two Row Wampum Treaty and the 50th anniversary of Brock University's founding.

The Books

Three books have been carefully selected that have Canadian/North American content and Indigenous authors. Two have already received major awards; the third is a new book that is lesser known but one that ought to be better known. All three make for fascinating reading and most people should be able to connect with material in at least one if not all three books.  Across the three, multiple voices and cultures are represented to celebrate the cultural diversity of Turtle Island.

The three books are as follows (listed alphabetically by author):

Three Day Road (2006) was written by Joseph Boyden who idenitfies as having Metis and Mi'kmaq ancestry and was raised primarily in Canada.

Two Worlds: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects (2012) was edited by Tracey DeMeyer and Patricia Cotter-Busbee both of whom identify as Shawnee-Cherokee who were raised in the United States.

Indian Horse (2012) was written by Richard Wagamese, an Ojibway man who was raised in Canada.

Events

A number of events are being planned to enrich Brock's Summer 2014 Pick and to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Two Row Wampum Treaty and the 50th anniversary of Brock University's founding.  Check back here regularly to see what's coming up.

 

COFFEE HOUSE EVENT

Three Day Road and Indian Horse: Lessons Learned From How The Authors Depicted Multiculturalism and Canadian Society within the Novels

Monday, November 11 2:00-5:00pm - Pond Inlet

Light refreshments will be served

Students from CHYS 4P07 invite the community to join them in exploring the lessons that can be learned from how the authors depicted multiculturalism and Canadian society in Three Day Road and Indian Horse. Located in the Pond Inlet this interactive event runs from 2:00-5:00 on Monday, November 11th and offers many opportunities to engage in discussions about the novels. This is a great way to get involved in the Brock's Summer 2014 Pick initiative.  Don't worry if you have not read the novels yet as the students will be giving brief presentations followed by disucssions. The presentations will be organized roundtable style with attendees switching tables evry 15-20 minutes.  Feel free to drop into the event anytime your're free between 2:00-5:00 and join in at the next table switch.

Everyone is welcome - members of Brock and wider community alike! Please plan to attend to support our students and engage in some lively discussions.

 

COFFEE HOUSE EVENT

Exploring Aspects of Racism in Three Day Road and Indian Horse

Thursday, November 14th 2:00-5:00pm - Pond Inlet

Light refreshments will be served

Students from CHYS 3P96 invite the community to join them in exploring how racism within Canadian society is revealed through Three Day Road and Indian Horse. Located in the Pond Inlet this interactive event runs from 2:00-5:00 on Thursday, November 14th and offers many opportunities to engage in discussions about the novels.  This is a great way to get involved in the Brock's Summer 2014 Pick initiative.  Don't worry if you have not read the novels yet as the students will be giving brief presentations followed by discussions.  The presentations will be organized roundtable style with attendees switching tables every 15-20 minutes. Feel free to drop into the event anytime you're free between 2:00-5:00 and join in at the next table switch.

Everyone is welcome - members of Brock and wider community alike! Please plan to attend to support our students and engage in some lively discussions.

Brock's Summer 2014 Pick poster