Daschuk wraps up Write Out Loud season on May 20
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.