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Open Word with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

January 10, 2017- 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson will be reading from her forthcoming collection of short stories, This Accident of Being Lost (House of Anansi Press) as part of Open Word: Readings & Ideas. These two readings are co-presented by Camosun College through Open Space.

Simpson will read at Open Space on Tuesday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Open Space. She will be interviewed by Open Space’s Indigenous Curator in Residence France Trépanier.

Her reading at Camosun College will take place on Wednesday, January 11 at 4:00 p.m. at the Wilna Thomas Building, Room 234.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is the author of four books – Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back (2011), nonfiction; The Gift is in the Making (2013),a re-telling of traditional stories; Islands of Decolonial Love (2013), a short story collection; and the forthcoming This Accident of Being Lost, a book of stories and poetry. She is editor of Lighting the Eighth Fire (2008), This Is An Honour Song (2010), and The Winter We Danced (2014). In 2014, Leanne was named the RBC Charles Taylor Emerging Writer by Thomas King.

Praise for Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s books:

“Leanne is a gifted writer who brings passion and commitment to her storytelling and who has demonstrated an uncommon ability to manage an impressive range of genres from traditional storytelling to critical analysis, from poetry to the spoken word, from literary and social activism to song-writing. She is, in my opinion, one of the more articulate and engaged voices of her generation.” – Thomas King, author of The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America

Camosun College
Canada Council for the Arts

Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are on unceded First Nations territory. The City of Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Lekwungen and Coast Salish peoples, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.

Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 15 stairs. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal.

Please phone 250 383 8833 if you have any further questions about accessibility.


January 10, 2017
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Open Word: Readings & Ideas
510 Fort Street, 2nd floor
Victoria, Canada


Open Word: Readings & Ideas