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Davy Crockett’s legend reimagined #NEWBOOK

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  For Immediate Release  PAPERBACK and EBOOK available now!  Davy Crockett’s legend reimagined Greenfield, Massachusetts [2020] reposting Is it possible Davy Crockett didn't die at the Alamo? Blue Hand Books has just released a new historical fiction “CROCKETT’s GOLD” by one of their most popular authors, John Christian Hopkins (Narragansett) who looks at the legend.   “This is the author’s seventh book, published on his September wedding anniversary! Hopkins has brilliantly reimagined the Davy Crockett legend and how the story ends,” according to publisher Trace Hentz.   “If you love westerns, this story is driven with plenty of colorful characters,” Hentz said. Hopkins writes that Centennial Brown left his Tennessee home to seek his fortune in the western lands, but when an old family friend needs help Brown can’t refuse.   But J.W. Crockett’s request isn’t a simple one: He wants Brown to carry a $20,000 ransom across the wild Texas frontier past outlaws, Indians and r

NEWS + more: Notable Native People | 2022 American Indian Youth Literature Awards

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SHOP   For Immediate Release January 24, 2022 AILA announces 2022 American Indian Youth Literature Awards CHICAGO — Today American Indian Youth Literature Award winning titles were highlighted during the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards, the premier announcement of the best of the best in children’s and young adult literature. Awarded biennially, the award identifies and honors the very best writings and illustrations for youth, by and about Native American and Indigenous peoples of North America. Works selected to receive the award, in picture book, middle grade, and young adult categories, present Native American and Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity in present, past and future contexts. https://ailanet.org/activities/american-indian-youth-literature-award/   Young writers and illustrators honored by Native library group The American Indian Library Association announced its youth book a

The Best Native Books of 2021

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Ryan Winn   ♦   January 19, 2022 Last year witnessed a high-water mark for Native literature. Not only did a wealth of Indigenous texts flood the market, but the democratization of virtual platforms meant that one could stream author events from every corner of Turtle Island. With a few clicks of a mouse, book lovers were able to join their favorite authors’ tours or drop in to hear a new voice. Joy Harjo (Mvskoke) continued to use her status as the U.S. Poet Laureate to elevate tribal voices while some of the most anticipated texts were buoyed by celebrity fans. Yet, what the historians will most likely note is that after more than a half century of being overlooked, two Native authors joined N. Scott Momaday as the only three Indigenous writers to win the Pulitzer Prize—Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians) for her novel The Night Watchman and Natalie Diaz (Mojave) for her poetry collection Postcolonia

Did you Read Native in 2021?

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Last year, the American Indian Library Association invited readers to enjoy books by Indigenous Authors for their Read Native challenge . The inaugural challenge featured 26 reading tasks to tackle throughout the year. To help participants along the way, staff from the Library's Many Nations Team had many books to recommend in a variety of categories.   Just because it's 2022 doesn't mean you still can't enjoy the challenge . Here are some book lists and titles that can help you get started.   Novels set on a reservation of about the urban experience Heart Berries by Terese Maire Mailhot This Town Sleeps by Dennis E. Staples Surviving the City by Tasha Spillett-Sumner Find the full list .   Fiction and debut novels The Ancient Child by N. Scott Momaday Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp   Find the full list .   Books about holidays, art, and cookbooks The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman How

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: 55 Writing Contests in January 2022 - No entry fees

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Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: 55 Writing Contests in January 2022 - No entry fees :  This January there are more than four dozen writing contests for short fiction, novels, poetry, CNF, nonfiction, and short plays. Prizes range from $60,000 to publication. None charge entry fees. Some of these contests have age and geographical restrictions, so read the instructions carefully. If  you want to get a jump on next month's contests go to  Free Contests . Most of these contests are offered annually, so even if the deadline is past, you can prepare for next year. Good luck!  

COMING in 2022: A Magical Sturgeon

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A Magical Sturgeon Illustrator Elinor Atkins, Author Joseph Dandurand Nightwood Editions ISBN: 9780889713901 [Paperback / softback | 7 in x 8.5 in - 32 pp] COMING SOON::: Publication Date: 30/04/2022   Written and illustrated in the tradition of the Kwantlen people, Joseph Dandurand's second book A MAGICAL STURGEON is an endearing tale of two sisters and their connection with nature. In the water sat a sturgeon, born there, so they say, thousands of years ago, though the sturgeon themselves have been here for two hundred million years. It was at first a little egg, a big egg, born into the river. Now the sturgeon is back but how did it get here? How did the first sturgeon come to be? Earth and the river, moons and suns and clouds. Time, thousands of years and the Skwó:wech has seen it all. But what gift does the sturgeon have for us? So begins this second charming story for children by Kwantlen storyteller Jo

BOOK REVIEW: Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land

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Toni Jensen. Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land. Ballantine Books, 2020. 304 pp. ISBN: 9781984821188.   https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/608247/carry - by - toni - jensen/   Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land by Toni Jensen is a poetic and creative memoir about a present - day Métis woman’s life as she moves across the US for her academic pursuits . Jensen uncovers historical place - based revelations to show that these mundane places are not always what they seem , nor are they as simple as the words on a sign describe. In fact, these places carry a broken story that , if truly confronted by the visitors and inhabitants of these places, they would undoubtedly awaken to the historical and continued violence across the US.   Jensen shows how people living in the same place do not all share the same story . S he exposes how Indigenous stories have largely been erased in an effort to favor a more desirable story of American exceptio

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