The Book Drunkard Literary Festival

  • Winner, Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Nonfiction
  • Winner, Indigenous Voices Awards
  • Finalist, CBC Canada Reads
  • Finalist, High Plains Book Awards
  • A Globe and Mail Book of the Year
  • An Indigo Book of the Year
  • A CBC Best Canadian Nonfiction Book of the Year

In this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir, Jesse Thistle, once a high school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar, chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is.

JESSE THISTLE is Métis-Cree, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He is an assistant professor in Métis Studies at York University in Toronto. You won’t want to miss this virtual event on Thursday, November 17, during which THISTLE and BIANCA MARAIS discuss this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir. From the Ashes is an inspiring tale of resilience and perseverance, tethered by true love – past and present.

“This memoir haunts, gnawing at the soul as we walk with Jesse through his many incarnations. . . . If you want a glimpse at why some of our brothers and sisters end up on the streets, read this book.” — TANYA TALAGA, The Walrus​


Your ticket will include a signed copy of From the Ashes.

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