Joseph Kakwinokanasum


My Indian Summer


Joseph Kakwinokanasum Shortlisted for Two Major Literary Awards

My Indian Summer Nominated for the ReLit and First Nation Communities Read Awards

Congratulations for Joseph Kakwinokanasum for being nominated for the 2023 Relit Award for Fiction. Among the other nominees are Junie by Chelene Knight (Book*hug Press) and Hotline by Dimitri Nasrallah (Vehicule Press). Subtitled Ideas, Not Money the main title of the awards is short for Regarding Literature, Reinventing Literature, and Relighting Literature. The winners will be announced on Friday, September 29th. (Unfortunately, after the 2023 announcement, the awards are being suspended.

Joseph’s debut novel has also been shortlisted for the First Nation Communities Read Awards in the Young Adult/Fiction Category. First Nation Communities READ (FNCR) is the Ontario First Nation Public Library Community’s contribution to the reading movement. Launched in 2003 by the First Nations Public Library Community in Ontario with support from the Ontario Library Service, it promotes a community-based approach to reading. FNCR celebrates the very best of Indigenous literature across Turtle Island. The program encourages family literacy, intergenerational storytelling as well as intergenerational knowledge transmission. FNCR also helps to increase awareness of the importance of First Nation, Metis and Inuit writing, illustration and publishing.