Kamloops, BC – November 1, 2021 Thompson-Nicola Region’s One Book, One Community (OBOC) initiative announces its 2021 reading selection Five Little Indians by award-winning Indigenous author, Michelle Good.
The novel Five Little Indians follows the lives of Indigenous youth as they navigate life in 1960s Vancouver after years in a BC residential school.
“…with compassion and insight, Five Little Indians chronicles the desperate quest of these residential school survivors to come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward.” (HarperCollins Canada)
Five Little Indians will inspire readers to look deeper into residential schools, the devastating impacts the experience has had on Canadian Indigenous families and the need for Truth and Reconciliation. As the Region’s first OBOC title, it is timely in light of the recent uncovering of the burial site at the Kamloops Residential School.
OBOC will feature book discussion groups, in-class teaching, public lectures and film screenings, and a conversation with author Michelle Good in spring 2022.
The region-wide OBOC is a unique partnership between the Thompson Nicola Regional Library, Thompson Rivers University, and the Cariboo Regional District Library. It supports literacy, promotes Canadian authors and their stories, provokes discussion and builds understanding.
Full details about the inaugural One Book, One Community program can be found at: www.tnrl.ca/one-book-one-community
Meg Gregory, Branch Head, Merritt Library
Thompson-Nicola Regional Library
Cindy Ma, Publicist