Staff Picks for July

It’s summer reading time! Drop into the branch to pick up some books to read on the beach, at the lake, or on campus. X̱wi7x̱wa staff have done the work of recommending them for you, too!

If you want fiction…

My Indian Summer by Joseph Kakwinokanasum

Call number: YF K35 M9 2022

Recommended by Emma: “Feel the scorching heat of summer 1979! Hunter is a 12-year-old boy determined to make it out of his town, no matter what. The author’s first book is a vivid story of youth, survival, and of multiple distinct lives coming together with Hunter at the centre.”

Perma Red by Debra Magpie Earling

Call number: YF E27 P47 2022

Recommended by Mira: “Earling’s prose is GORGEOUS – rich, atmospheric, descriptive, she fully immerses you in life on the Flathead Reservation in the 1940s. Her characters are fascinating and complex, and the novel deals with themes of freedom, assimilation, resistance, colonization and connection to land. Loved it.”

More books we’re excited about reading this summer:


Carrying It Forward: essays from Kistahpińnihk by John Brady McDonald

Call number: YR M367 C37 2022

Recommended by Joe: “The author has a really interesting backstory and has done some cool stuff. He’s only recently been accepted by publishers after changing his name from John A. McDonald, but has a lot to say in this book (e.g., the time he announced his discovery of the UK and claimed it for Indigenous people).

Tsawalk: a Nuu-chah-nulth worldview by Umeek (E. Richard Atleo)

Call number: BF A85 T73 2004

Recommended by Mira: “This book kinda blew my mind and broke my brain. Umeek describes Nuu-chah-nulth worldview by retelling stories and oral histories, and it’s amazing… You just gotta read it.”

More nonfiction we’re excited about reading this summer:

Books to read with kids…

Mi’kmaw daily drum: Mi’kmaw culture for every day of the week by Alan Syliboy.

Call number: XCF S95 M55 2020

Recommended by Taya: “I love Alan Syliboy’s art and how his books show the vibrancy of Mi’kmaw culture.”


Treaty Words: for as long as the rivers flow by Aimée Craft, illustrations by Luke Swinson.

Call number: YUB C739 T74 2021

Recommended by Emma: “Beautiful immersive illustrations accompany this flowing text about what treaty means, told through a conversation between a girl and her Mishomis.”

More children’s books we’re excited about reading this summer:

That’s all for us! Enjoy the summer and curl up with a book or two.

P.S.: If you want tailor-made reading recommendations, feel free to drop by the branch Mon-Fri, 11-3, and chat with one of us! Or you can email anytime.