The Marrow Thieves

In Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves, the cautioned consequences of climate change have arrived.  The Northern Ice has melted shifting coastlines inward, storms have become more powerful than ever causing numerous fossil fuel disasters and populations have begun to cluster in larger areas leaving small towns and communities behind. Many people have lost the ability…

Forgiveness

In Forgiveness, Mark Sakamoto tells the story of his maternal grandfather, Ralph MacLean, who had spent a number of years clinging to life as a POW in a Japanese prison camp during the second World War and his paternal grandmother, Mitsue Sakamoto, who had been forced from her home and province following the bombing of…

The Boat People

When a cargo ship carrying several hundred Sri Lankan refugees arrives off the coast of Vancouver, those aboard hope for a new beginning in Canada.  The problem?  You just can’t walk into the country (or sail in for that matter).  There’s a long, drawn out process in claiming refugee status and it doesn’t always work…

American War

The United States of fifty years from now is a vastly different place – physically, not just politically.  Climate change has ravaged the country with coastal cities becoming lost to the sea.  They even packed up and moved the capital inland from Washington, D.C. to Columbus, Ohio. A train derailment and subsequent oil spill have…