Cherie Dimaline


Cherie Dimaline is a writer and editor from the Georgian Bay Metis Community in Ontario who has published 4 books of short stories, literary fiction and young adult fiction.

Her latest book, The Marrow Thieves, won the 2017 Governor General’s Award and the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers, was a finalist for the White Pine Award, and was a selection for CBC’s 2018 Canada Reads. The Marrow Thieveswas also named a Book of Year on numerous lists including the National Public Radio, the School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Globe and MailQuill & Quire and the CBC, and is a national bestseller.

Her first novel, Red Rooms (2011) won the Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival, and she was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier's Awards for Excellence in Arts in 2014. She is also the author of two recent books, the novel The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy (2013) and a collection of short stories entitled A Gentle Habit (2015). She is the founding editor of Muskrat Magazine, an online indigenous publication focusing on sovereignty, culture and the celebration of community excellence, and served as the first indigenous writer-in-residence for the Toronto Public Library in 2014-2015. Ms. Dimaline is well-known for her eagerness to work with young writers, and for her abiding interest in "community,” which is, she has said, “where my stories come from and . . . also where my responsibilities lie.”

She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario where she coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering and is at work on her next novel. She is currently Western University's and the London Public LIbrary's Writer-in-Residence here in London, Ontario.


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Active Voice Presents: Cherie Dimaline

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