Burlington Reads @Home

Burlington READS is an author & book talk series that runs in the fall and spring and features celebrated and thought-provoking Canadian authors and their works.

The @Home Edition

Concurrent with Hamilton Public Library's Hamilton Reads 2020 launch in April, we present a special edition of our popular series for book lovers as an online community read of Moon of the Crusted Snow, a critically-acclaimed post-apocalyptic work of fiction by Waubgeshig Rice. Join in!

Why this book & why now?

We live in extraordinary times as we grapple with the global COVID-19 health crisis. Our world is changing—we are changing—in new and unexpected ways. Moon of the Crusted Snow is a timely story that mirrors many of the challenges we face today—coping with isolation, living within reach of a deadly threat, managing alterations in our daily existence. And yet. This story is also one of human connection, adaptation, resilience, and ultimately, rebuilding. This is truly a story for our time.

Read it – Talk about it

Whether it’s a solo read, or a selection for your (now online) book club, we invite you to use the discussion guides on this page to explore and examine the author’s message to humankind, presented through this novel. Share your thoughts with us on social media @BurlOnLibrary #BurlingtonReads

The Story

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. As the months pass, community leaders lose their grip on power while tensions and the death toll mount. Frustrated by the building chaos, a small group turns to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader, they aim to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.

Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn. (Excerpted from ecwpress.com)

The Author

Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. His first short story collection, Midnight Sweatlodge, was inspired by his experiences growing up in an Anishinaabe community, and won an Independent Publishers Book Award in 2012. His debut novel, Legacy, followed in 2014. His latest novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was released in October 2018. Waub graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 2002, and has since worked in a variety of news media, most recently as the host of Up North on CBC Radio. In 2014, he received the Anishinabek Nation’s Debwewin Citation for excellence in First Nation Storytelling. (Excerpted from waub.ca)


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