Critical Linking: June 28, 2015

Since J.K. Rowling launched Pottermore in 2012, the Harry Potter author has been steadily revealing secrets of the wizarding world, delving into the histories of beloved (and some not-so-beloved) characters, and discussing her thoughts on the books and characters. Here are a few things we’ve learned.

Some people love that she does this and others don’t, but I think it’s neat Rowling has a platform in which she can give more insight into the mega loved Harry Potter world.

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Then, on or around Aug. 1, Itinerant Literate will launch a crowdfunding campaign to purchase and outfit an Airstream for their own mobile bookstore. They’ve set a goal of $65,000, which will cover the purchase of the Airstream, rehabbing the inside with custom bookshelves, a computer, their first round of business-related fees, and their first inventory purchase, which will be about 3,000 titles. “The vast majority of that money will be for the inventory,” Thompson says. “The amount of money that we need to get the unit and get ready to sell is relatively small.”

This mobile bookstore is an interesting idea.

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While this list is by no means a comprehensive list of all the great Aboriginal women writers in Canada, it includes 14 writers whose work I have either come to know and respect or that are on my “to read” list. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to know many of these writers on a personal level.

We are a relatively small but growing community. I have found gatherings such as the National Indigenous Writers Conference and the Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival to be important as they have offered opportunities to meet and learn from Aboriginal women writers. The authors listed here are all accomplished women that have had, or will have, a major impact on Canadian literature in general and Aboriginal literature in particular. I hope you enjoy it and find yourself some new reading for your summer evenings.

Adding some more books to my reading list from this one.

 

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