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Sheridan Reads

Sheridan Reads returns this spring for a community-wide reading experience based on Tracey Lindberg's best-selling book Birdie.

About the Book: Birdie

A big, beautiful Cree woman with a dark secret in her past, Bernice (”Birdie”) has left her home in northern Alberta to travel to Gibsons, B.C. She is on something of a vision quest, looking for family, for home, for understanding. She is also driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat Johns - Jesse from The Beachcombers - because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Birdie heads for Molly’s Reach to find answers, but they are not the ones she expected.

With the arrival in Gibsons of her Auntie Val and her cousin Skinny Freda, Birdie begins to draw from her dreams the lessons she was never fully taught in life. Informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions, Birdie is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from tragedy. At heart, it is the story of an extraordinary woman who travels to the deepest part of herself to find the strength to face the past and to build a new life.

Birdie is a national bestseller, winner of the OLA Evergreen Award, winner of the KOBO Emerging Writer Prize, a 2016 Canada Reads finalist, Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction finalist and was included on the International DUBLIN Literary Award longlist. 

About the Author: Tracey Lindberg

Tracey Lindberg is a citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation Rocky Mountain Cree and hails from the Kelly Lake Cree Nation community. She is an award-winning academic writer and teaches Indigenous studies and Indigenous law at the University of Ottawa. She was the first Indigenous woman in Canada to complete her law degree at Harvard University, and is thought to be the first Indigenous woman to earn a PhD in law from a Canadian University.

What is Sheridan Reads?

Sheridan Reads is an extended reading event that brings together students, staff and faculty with community groups, public libraries and service organizations in Mississauga, Oakville and Brampton to discuss and celebrate the work of writers from home and abroad.

Sheridan Reads

Creative Campus Series: A Conversation with Tracey Lindberg - March 27

**The Creative Campus Series is proudly sponsored by TD Bank Group**

Join us at 7 p.m. in the Creativity Commons (Hazel McCallion Campus) for an evening of conversation and creativity on Tuesday, March 27 with author Tracey Lindberg. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing. 

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis, so we would kindly encourage you to arrive early.

We are pleased to announce the first 100 attendees to arrive at the event will receive a complimentary copy of Birdie. 

Please check out the video for more insight into this extraordinary work and the Sheridan Reads initiative:

Contact Information

Sean McNabney
Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
905-845-9430 ext. 2045