Wanda Nanibush is cu­ra­tor, In­dige­nous Art at the Art Gallery of On­tario.


> What’s the best book you’ve read this year and why?

Es­ther Belin’s Of Car­tog­ra­phy (2017) is chal­leng­ing for the reader but also chal­leng­ing the form of po­etry by bend­ing, break­ing, re­mak­ing and play­ing with lan­guage and the space of the page. I felt at home in her deeply con­sid­ered at­tempt to make po­etry speak like it’s Diné. Her work also speaks to the sex­i­ness of liv­ing life on your own terms.

> What book can’t you wait to dive into and why?

How to Be an An­tiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (2019). Kendi’s book is re­ally ac­ces­si­ble and a com­pletely en­joy­able read. I get my cof­fee in the morn­ing, go sit on the porch and read a chap­ter each day.

> What’s your favourite book of all time?

Tol­stoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych – it was the thought of look­ing back on one’s life at the point when your life is end­ing and fac­ing re­gret for fol­low­ing the sta­tus quo. My heart re­ally broke for Ivan and made me face my own de­sire to live a life with­out re­grets or ca­pit­u­la­tions.

> What book com­pletely changed your per­spec­tive?

Jean Genet’s Our Lady of the Flow­ers ( Notre-Dames-desFleurs, 1943). I was drawn to Genet be­cause he was a foster kid like me. His life was im­mensely dif­fi­cult but he be­came a writer. And he pro­duced queer lit­er­a­ture that showed how de­sire could be crim­i­nal­ized.

> If you could have din­ner with any au­thor, liv­ing or dead, who would it be?

Gabriel Gar­cia Mar­quez. I just know he would be smart, witty, flirty and fun.

Gabriel Gar­cia Mar­quez

Leo Tol­stoy

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