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  • YAC Presents

Cherie Dimaline Performance and Discussion

Hosted by Ivan Coyote

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March 27th, 7 pm


YAC Mainstage

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Please join us for an evening of reading and conversation, featuring author Cherie Dimaline, in conversation with writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote.

This event is the first in an exciting new partnership between Yukon University and Yukon Arts Centre. Active Voice seeks to bring global voices to our Yukon community, and foster intimate and authentic discussion between each artist and our communities. Our first guest is the multi-talented and prolific author Cherie Dimaline.

Cherie Dimaline is a member of the Georgian Bay Metis Community in Ontario. Her 2017 book, The Marrow Thieves, was named by TIME magazine as one of the best Young Adult  Books of All Time. MarrowThieves also won the Governor General’s Award, and the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers.

Cherie published five books in 2023: VenCo, An Anthology of Monsters, Tiger Lily and the Secret Treasure of Neverland, Funeral Songs for Dying Girls, and Into the Bright Open. Her work finds its audience among young readers, and adults alike, and she also writes for film and television. She has won numerous awards for her work, and continues to be an important influence in writing stories from Indigenous perspectives, and re-telling colonial stories in order to redress cultural stereotypes and inherent racism.

Cherie will be welcomed and hosted by Ivan Coyote. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, they are the author of thirteen books, the creator of four films, seven stage shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Coyote’s books have won the ReLit Award, the B.C. Book Prize for Writing That Provokes, been named a Stonewall Honour Book, been longlisted for Canada Reads, been shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction, and the Governor General’s Award for non-fiction twice.

In 2017 Ivan was given an honorary Doctor of Laws from Simon Fraser University, and an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Yukon University in 2023. Coyote is currently serving as a Specialist in Inclusion and Creative Expression at Yukon University. Ivan’s 13th book, Care Of, was released in June 2021 by McClelland and Stewart, and their new show Playlist, just premiered in February of 2024.