Lee Maracle gives lecture on Dec. 1 for Canadian Writers in Person series

Lee Maracle
Lee Maracle

Lee Maracle is an award-winning novelist, poet and writer who will share from her book Celia’s Song when she is featured at the Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series on Dec. 1 from 7 to 10pm at 206 Accolade West Building.

Maracle is the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including Ravensong and Daughters Are Forever, as well as her novel for young adults, Will’s Garden. Her published written works also include a book of poetry, Bent Box, and the creative non-fiction book I Am Woman.

Her work has been published in scholarly journals worldwide, and she is the co-editor of numerous anthologies, including My Home As I Remember and Telling It: Women and Language across Culture.

Her most recent novel, Celia’s Song, is a story that follows the Nuu’Chahlnuth family over several generations and explores the destructive legacy of colonial times. It’s set in a village on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

lee maracle celia's songMaracle grew up in North Vancouver, and is a member of the Stó:lō Nation. She is the mother of four and grandmother of seven.

Currently, Maracle is an instructor at the University of Toronto, the Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s House, and with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and the S.A.G.E. (Support for Aboriginal Graduate Education). She is also a writing instructor at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

She has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and the University of Western Washington.

Maracle is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University, and recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among aboriginal youth.

The Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series, presented by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LAPS), brings Canadian writers to campus for an up-close and personal event.

More events in the series include:

Jan. 12 – Heather O’Neill, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

Jan. 26 – Gregory Scofield, Louis: The Heretic Poems

Feb. 9 – Colin McAdam, A Beautiful Truth

March 1 – Sue Goyette, Ocean

March 15 – Aisha Sasha John, Thou

For more information, email gailv@yorku.ca or leslie@yorku.ca.