Waubgeshig Rice

Waubgeshig Rice

Waubgeshig Rice is an award-winning author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. His first short story collection, Midnight Sweatlodge, inspired by his experiences growing up in an Anishinaabe community, won an Independent Publishers Book Award in 2012. Rice’s debut novel, Legacy, followed in 2014; that same year his reporting on Indigenous issues for the CBC received the Anishinabek Nation’s Debwewin Citation for excellence in First Nation Storytelling. Rice’s post-apocalyptic novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was a national bestseller and winner of the 2019 OLA Forest of Reading Evergreen Award. He is currently working on a sequel, Moon of the Turning Leaves, to be published in 2023.  He and his family split their time between Sudbury and Wasauksing.

Twitter: @waub

This slow-burning thriller is also a powerful story of survival and will leave readers breathless.” –Publishers Weekly


Moon of the Crusted Snow

<strong> </strong><strong>A daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice.</strong>

<strong> </strong>With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow.

The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.

Blending action and allegory, <em>Moon of the Crusted Snow</em> upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.

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<strong>DIVE DEEPER</strong>
<li><strong>Why it’s important not to lose oral storytelling. </strong><a href="https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books/article-why-its-important-not-to-lose-oral-storytelling/"><em>-The Globe and Mail</em></a></li>
<li><strong>A diploma with the wrong name. </strong><em><a href="https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/ryerson-university-legacy-residential-schools/">-Maclean's</a></em></li>

ALL EVENTS WITH Waubgeshig Rice

5 PM
Happy Hour: C. L. Polk & Waub Rice
Oct 06 @ 5 PM MT - 6 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW