DAVID A. ROBERTSON (he, him, his) is the 2021 recipient of the Writers’ Union of Canada Freedom to Read Award. He is the author of numerous books for young readers including When We Were Alone, which won the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award, and his YA novel The Barren Grounds has been shortlisted for the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award. His memoir, Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory, was a Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire book of the year in 2020. His second picture book, On the Trapline, illustrated by Julie Flett, was recently published. Robertson is also the writer and host of the CBC podcast Kīwew, winner of the 2021 RTDNA Prairie Region Award for Best Podcast. Robertson is a member of Norway House Cree Nation and currently lives in Winnipeg.