News & Updates

Vancouver Festival of Authors 2023

2023 Victoria Festival of Authors

October 2023

Joseph joined Susan Sanford Blades, Sonnet L’Abbé, Tim Lilburn, and moderator Barbara Pelman to discuss their writing process at the 2023 Victoria Festival of Authors.

Watch the panel discussion (YouTube)

PMC Indigenous Awards

Joseph Kakwinokanasum and Marty Wilson-Trudeau win $5K awards recognizing Indigenous literature

October 2023

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.

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First Nations Communities READ logo

My Indian Summer selected as the Young Adult/Adult title for First Nations Communities Read

October 2023

My Indian Summer is the selected title in the Young Adult/Adult category for the 2023/24 First Nations Communities Read. The selected titles will be recognized online during First Nation Public Library Week on October 5, 2023.

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Author talk at Burnaby Public Library

September 2023

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.

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Hunter Vs. Fox

Escape Planning

July 2023

Mobólúwajídìde D. Joseph reviews My Indian Summer in the Literary Review of Canada.

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Joseph on writing My Indian Summer

February 2023

Joseph spoke with CBC Books about the process of writing and publishing his first novel.

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Top Grade: CanLit for the Classroom - Winter 2023 Young Adult Selections

My Indian Summer selected as one of Top Grade's Winter 2023 Young Adults books

February 2023

My Indian Summer has been selected by Top Grade: CanLit for the Classroom as one of the Winter 2023 Young Adult books recommended for use in Canadian classrooms.

Learn more ( and watch the video review (YouTube)

In conversation with My Indian summer author Joseph Kakinokanasum

In conversation with Teacher Magazine

January 2023

Read Joseph's interview in the January/February 2023 edition of Teacher Magazine.

Read it here (

Joseph Kakwinokanasum - My Indian Summer reviewed by Quill & Quire

My Indian Summer reviewed in Quill & Quire

November 9, 2022

Visit Quill & Quire to read a review of Joseph's novel, My Indian Summer.

Read the review here.

CBC Radio All Points West

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.

Listen here.

My Indian Summer Book Launch

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.

Watch the full presentation on YouTube.


Joseph's "Student Story" Featured by SFU

July 5, 2022

Joseph is profiled by the SFU Writer's Studio in a recent "student story" where he talks about the experiences that led him to writing, and about publishing his first novel, My Indian Summer.

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Joseph Kakwinokanasum at White Rock Beach

'No Such Thing as an Indian Writer'

July 1, 2022

Joseph's essay on being an indigenous writer, excerpted from Resonance: Essays on the Craft and Life of Writing, was published in The Tyee.

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Joseph Kakwinokanasum

Joseph Interviewed in The Tyee

June 30, 2022

In a recent interview with The Tyee, Joseph shares how writing helps him heal.

Read more.


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

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.

Read more on Anvil Press.

Joseph Kakwinokanasum named one of Writers' Trust 2022 Rising Stars

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.

Read more on CBC.

Joseph Kakwinokanasum has made the 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for <em>Ray Says</em>

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.

Via CBC.

Humber Literary Review

Honourable mention in HLR Emerging Writers Fiction Contest

June 30, 2020 - Joseph received an honourable mention in the Humber Literary Review Emerging Writers Fiction Contest. Joe's short fiction, Cipayak, is now available in the Spring/Summer issue of the Review.

The full issue is available for free online until the end of summer.

Word Vancouver 2019

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

Full details on the Word Vancouver website.

The Bicycle quote

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.

emerge 18 is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

National Aboriginal Day

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

Download PDF for full details.