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Celebrated Anishinaabe author Waubgeshig Rice joins Sheridan Reads 2023

Feb 17, 2023

Sheridan Reads returns next month with a community-wide reading experience featuring celebrated Anishinaabe author Waubgeshig Rice and his novel Moon of the Crusted Snow, a daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful literary voice.

Celebrated Anishinaabe author Waubgeshig Rice poses for a photo while seated outside on a large boulderMoon of the Crusted Snow is a national bestseller that made the Canada Reads 2023 longlist, won the 2019 OLA Forest of Reading Evergreen Award and was shortlisted for the 2019 John W. Campbell Memorial Award as well as the 2019/20 First Nation Communities READ Indigenous Literature Award. “This slow-burning thriller is also a powerful story of survival and will leave readers breathless,” says Publishers Weekly.

Rice will also offer a sneak preview of his highly-anticipated sequel Moon of the Turning Leaves during a conversation with Naben Ruthnum, this year’s Writer-In-Residence of Sheridan’s Creative Writing & Publishing degree program.

The free event is open to the public and will take place Thursday, March 9 at Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga, beginning at 6 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to a local food bank.


When: March 9, 2023, at 6:00 pm

Where: HMC – C Wing – SSU Atrium – Ground Floor, Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC), 4180 Duke of York Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5B 0G5

About the Book

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. Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn. In addition to many accolades, the bestselling Moon of the Crusted Snow, published by ECW Press, is on the Canada Reads 2023 longlist.

About the Author

Waubgeshig Rice is an Anishinaabe author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. He is also the author of the short story collection Midnight Sweatlodge and the novel Legacy. The sequel to Moon of the Crusted SnowMoon of the Turning Leaves — is slated for release later this year. He is the former host of CBC Radio's Up North.

About Sheridan Reads

Sheridan Reads is an extended reading event that unites students, staff, and faculty with community groups, public libraries, and service organizations in Mississauga, Oakville, and Brampton to discuss and honour the work of writers from home and abroad. Past authors featured in Sheridan Reads include Lawrence Hill and his work The Book of Negroes; Tracey Lindberg, author of Birdie; Thomas King, author of The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America; and Vivek Shraya, author of The Subtweet.

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