The En’owkin Centre is hosting Maria Campbell, the award-winning playwright of the literary classic Halfbreed.
Theytus Books, a First Nations-owned and operated business located at the En’owkin Centre on the Penticton Indian Band land, is hosting the Literary Reading Series with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Maria Campbell is a Trudeau Fellow Storyteller, who has been doing research on the long-ago lives of aboriginal women and trying to understand the roots of violence that have left so many of them missing and murdered. She will read excerpts from that research and talk about her findings and thoughts.
A noted lecturer and workshop facilitator, Campbell holds four honourary doctorate degrees, has served as writer and playwright in residence at numerous universities, public libraries, theatres and taught native studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Campbell received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for bringing the story of her people to the eyes and ears of the world.
Campbell started her career in 1973 when she published her first book, Halfbreed. It continues to be one of the most widely taught texts in Canadian literature. She has also written four children’s books, the most recent being Stories of The Road Allowance People. Campbell’s first play, Flight, was the first all-aboriginal theatre production in Canada. It brought together modern dance, storytelling and drama together with aboriginal practices.
Campbell will be at the En’owkin Centre on Sept. 24. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with a welcome address at noon by Gerry William, En’owkin Creative Writing Department. The reading will begin at 12:15 p.m. and lunch will be provided.