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An Anthology of Monsters: How Story Saves Us from Our Anxiety | CLC Kreisel Lecture
Cherie Dimaline
University of Alberta Press / Softcover / Feb 2023
9781772126822 (ISBN-10: 1772126829)
Literary Criticism / Forthcoming
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An Anthology of Monsters by Cherie Dimaline, award-winning Métis author of The Marrow Thieves, is the tale of an intricate dance with life-long anxiety. It is about how the stories we tell ourselves—both the excellent and the horrible—can help reshape the ways in which we think, cope, and ultimately survive. Using examples from her published and forthcoming books, from her mère, and from her own late night worry sessions, Dimaline choreographs a deeply personal narrative about all the ways in which we cower and crush through stories. Witches emerge as figures of misfortune but also empowerment, and the fearsome Rougarou inspires obedience, but also belonging and responsibility. Dimaline reveals how to collect and curate these stories, how they elicit difficult and beautiful conversations, and how family and community is a place of refuge and strength.

About the Author:

Cherie Dimaline is the award-winning author of Hunting by Stars, Empire of Wild, and the international bestseller The Marrow Thieves, winner of the Governor General’s Award and the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers. She is from the Georgian Bay Métis Community and lives in Midland, Ontario.

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