October 20th at Ark + Anchor Espresso Bar
Author Drew Hayden Taylor will be visiting Ark + Anchor for a night of Science Fiction stories reinvented with a contemporary First Nations outlook with his new book "Take Us To Your Chief"
Tickets available at Ark + Anchor and Epic Books
This is a limited event! Only 30 tickets available.
Book club members receive at 15% discount
Drew Hayden Taylor's
"Take Us To Your Chief"
"A forgotten Haudenosaunee social song beams into the cosmos like a homing beacon for interstellar visitors. A computer learns to feel sadness and grief from the history of atrocities committed against First Nations. A young Native man discovers the secret to time travel in ancient petroglyphs. Drawing inspiration from science fiction legends like Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, Drew Hayden Taylor frames classic science-fiction tropes in an Aboriginal perspective.
The nine stories in this collection span all traditional topics of science fiction--from peaceful aliens to hostile invaders; from space travel to time travel; from government conspiracies to connections across generations. Yet Taylor's First Nations perspective draws fresh parallels, likening the cultural implications of alien contact to those of the arrival of Europeans in the Americas, or highlighting the impossibility of remaining a "good Native" in such an unnatural situation as a space mission.
Infused with Native stories and variously mysterious, magical and humorous, Take Us to Your Chief is the perfect mesh of nostalgically 1950s-esque science fiction with modern First Nations discourse."
Listen on CBC Radio Q
Drew Hayden Taylor talks with Candy Palmater on October 6th
"I'm all about twisting or melding genres," Taylor tells Candy Palmater. "I was just taking certain touchstones that we were all familiar with and then using them to take them out of the reserve environment into the larger sci-fi environment, and giving it that sort of resonance...There's so many shades of Aboriginal consciousness. There's more to our journey than those dark, bleak depressing stories."