Indigenous Books with Podcast Tie-Ins

Have you ever reached the end of a great book, reluctant to leave the story and characters behind? Eager to unpack and explore the story further, but through a different medium? If so, consider listening to a book-related podcast. Below, I’ve highlighted a few Indigenous books with podcast tie-ins that are sure to add to your reading experience. Check them out!

 

This Place: 150 Years Retoldcover image, This Place 150 Years Retold

Explore the last 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in the graphic novel anthology, This Place: 150 Years Retold. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through magic realism, serial killings, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

Listen to the CBCs Books podcast This Place: Based on the acclaimed graphic novel anthology, This Place is a 10-part journey through one-hundred and fifty years of Indigenous resistance and resilience. Through dramatizations and interviews, along with your host and time-guide storyteller Rosanna Deerchild, the series reveals the heroes, battles, triumphs and traditions which live outside and beyond the national story we have been taught…to learn, to share, and to heal the future of “this place” we call Canada.

 

 

The Strangers by Katherena Vermettecover image, The Strangers by Katherena Vermette

Cedar has nearly forgotten what her family looks like. Phoenix has nearly forgotten what freedom feels like. And Elsie has nearly given up hope. A breathtaking companion to her bestselling debut The Break, Vermette’s The Strangers brings readers into the dynamic world of the Stranger family: the strength of their bond, the shared pain in their past, and the light that beckons from the horizon. This is a searing exploration of race, class, inherited trauma, and matrilineal bonds that–despite everything–refuse to be broken.  This title is also the selection for Canada’s One eRead, a digital, cross-Canada book club running through the month of April

Listen to Season 2 Episode 1 of the Storykeepers podcast: Hosts Waubgeshig Rice and Jennifer David, joined by guest host Jaime Morse, discuss The Strangers by Katherena Vermette.

 

 

 

Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamesecover image, Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon. He’s sixteen years old and has had the most fleeting of relationships with the man. The rare moments they’ve shared haunt and trouble Frank, but he answers the call, a son’s duty to a father. He finds Eldon decimated after years of drinking, dying of liver failure in a small town flophouse. Eldon asks his son to take him into the mountains, so he may be buried in the traditional Ojibway manner…

A novel about love, friendship, courage, and the idea that the land has within it powers of healing, Medicine Walk reveals the ultimate goodness of its characters and offers a deeply moving and redemptive conclusion. Wagamese’s writing soars and his insight and compassion are matched by his gift of communicating these to the reader.

Listen to Season 1 Episode 4 of the Storykeepers podcast: Hosts Waubgeshig Rice and Jennifer David, joined by guest host Duncan McCue, discuss Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese.

 

From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way by Jesse Thistle cover art, From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way by Jesse Thistle

In this heart-warming and heart-wrenching memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful past, the abuse he endured, and how he uncovered the truth about his parents. Through sheer perseverance and education – and newfound love – he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family.

Listen to the Banyen Books ~ In Conversation Podcast: Jesse Thistle joins Banyen in conversation about his award-winning book, From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way.