News & Updates
Joseph Kakwinokanasum and Marty Wilson-Trudeau win $5K awards recognizing Indigenous literature
Books by Joseph Kakwinokanasum and Marty Wilson-Trudeau won the 2023 PMC Indigenous Literature Awards. The awards encourage intergenerational storytelling and family literacy. The winners are chosen by a jury of Indigenous librarians from across Ontario, and recognize the best of Indigenous literature.
My Indian Summer selected as the Young Adult/Adult title for First Nations Communities Read
Author talk at Burnaby Public Library
Join Joseph on Tuesday, September 26 for a conversation at Burnaby Public Library discussing his writing process and book "My Indian Summer". The discussion will be followed by a Q&A.
My Indian Summer selected as one of Top Grade's Winter 2023 Young Adults books
Real-life experiences the basis of first novel My Indian Summer
October 3, 2022
Joseph was interviewed on the CBC Radio One program, "All Points West" on September 28. He talked about his debut novel, which tackles intergenerational trauma through a coming-of-age story.
My Indian Summer Book Launch
September 29, 2022
Joseph was at the Massy Art Gallery for the official launch of his debut novel, My Indian Summer. In conversation with William Lindsay, former Director of the Office for Aboriginal Peoples at SFU and author of Rez Dog Blues & The Haiku: A Savage Life in Bits and Pieces. They talked about the experiences that inspired Joe to write the story, the writing process and getting published, trauma and survival, the impact of residential schools, and Joe read an excerpt from the book.
Demystifying the Publishing Process at Word Vancouver
September 25, 2022
Joseph was a panelist at this year's Word Vancouver festival. He joined fellow panelists Andrew Chesham, Laura Farina, and Julie Burtinshaw to discuss the writing process and getting published, and shared insights into working with a small, independent BC publisher.
My Indian Summer: A Novel
May 26, 2022
Three kookums, a man named Crow, two best friends, and a drug dealer . . . twelve-year-old Hunter may be getting out of Red Rock sooner than he hoped.
Joseph's forthcoming novel My Indian Summer, will be published by Tidewater Press in September, 2022.
Resonance: Essays on the Craft and Life of Writing
May 26, 2022 - Joseph is a contributor in Resonance: Essays on the Craft and Life of Writing, now available from Anvil Press.
From the website:
Through forty-three personal essays, Resonance: Essays on the Craft and Life of Writing brings together insights from writers and publishers across Canada on the practices that fuel their work, and invites readers to join the conversation through a series of engaging writing prompts. The essays collected here include strategies for pre-writing, writing and revision, as well as thoughts on the writing life and the world of writing. Resonance is for any writer of fiction, non-fiction or poetry who has ever wanted a helping hand, a quick chat, or a word of encouragement along the lonely road from blank page to published work.
Joseph Kakwinokanasum named one of Writers' Trust 2022 Rising Stars
February 23, 2022 - Joseph joins Vanessa Bell, Wendy Bone, Xaiver Michael Campbell, and Téa Mutonji as the 2022 Writers' Trust of Canada's Rising Stars.
The Rising Stars program is a career development initiative for early-career Canadian writers. The program selects five emerging writers each year to be mentored by prominent Canadian authors, and participate in career development events and a writing residency at the Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity.
Joseph Kakwinokanasum has made the 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize shortlist for Ray Says
September 24, 2020 - Joseph Kakwinokanasum has made the 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize shortlist for Ray Says.
"It is an honour to be amongst such amazing people and to be part of such an incredible group of writers," said Joseph via Instagram.
You can read Ray Says on the CBC website.
The winner will be announced on Oct. 1.
Honourable mention in HLR Emerging Writers Fiction Contest
Reading at Word Vancouver 2019
September 2019 - Joseph will join readers from subTerrain and SFU Emerge on the Magazine Stage at Word Vancouver.
Where: Magazine Stage, 9th floor, room 920
Central Library, 350 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC.
Date: September 29, 2019
Time: 2:45 - 3:45pm
The Bicycle published in Writer's Studio Anthology
Oct. 18 2018 - Joe's story, The Bicycle, has been published in emerge 18: The 2018 Writer's Studio Anthology. This year's Anthology features short stories by 68 writers in SFU's Writer's Studio program.
Stories and song for National Aboriginal Day
June 21, 2017 - Join Joseph for an evening of stories and song.
June 21, 2017
7 - 9 pm
Hosted at St. Mary's Kerrisdale Anglican Church