Daschuk wraps up Write Out Loud sea­son on May 20

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Write Out Loud is pleased to wel­come award-win­ning Regina au­thor James Daschuk to the Lyric stage on Wed., May 20.

Daschuk is the au­thor of Clear­ing the Plains: Dis­ease, Pol­i­tics of Star­va­tion and the Loss of Abo­rig­i­nal Life, a book Can­dace Sav­age has called “re­quired read­ing for all Cana­di­ans.”

Daschuk was awarded the Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Award for Clear­ing the Plains. The book, pub­lished by Uni­ver­sity of Regina Press, chron­i­cles how Sir John A. Macdon­ald used a pol­icy of star­va­tion against Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in pur­suit of his "Na­tional Dream.” It is a le­gacy, the au­thor ar­gues, that re­mains to this day. Clear­ing the Plains was named Book of the Year by the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire and The Writ­ers’ Trust of Canada. Daschuk also re­ceived the John A. Macdon­ald Prize from the Cana- dian His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion; the prize honours “the non­fic­tion work of Canadian his­tory judged to have made the most sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to an un­der­stand­ing of the Canadian past.”

This is Daschuk’s first book, a re­work­ing of his PhD the­sis in his­tory at the Uni­ver­sity of Man­i­toba. A pro- fes­sor in ki­ne­si­ol­ogy and health stud­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of Regina, Daschuk is also a re­searcher with the Saskatchew­an pop­u­la­tion health and eval­u­a­tion re­search unit.

Lo­cal play­wright Stew Tasche will begin the evening by talk­ing about his play The Cy­press Hills Would Never Be the Same. He will be ac­com­pa­nied by Dave Cyca for some of the mu­si­cal se­lec­tions from the play, which re­cently en­joyed a sec­ond sell-out run at the Lyric.

Doors at the Lyric Theatre open at 6:30 p.m., with the event to begin at 7 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $8.

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