Legacy Update

Legacy Cover

With Legacy, Waubgeshig Rice places himself squarely at the forefront of the next wave of Native authors. Bold, envisioned storytelling. A hands down pleasure to read.
-Richard Wagamese

I’m very happy to announce that my new novel Legacy will begin shipping across Canada by the second week of August. Published by Theytus Books and edited by the wonderfully brilliant Adeena Karasick, the story follows four young siblings from an Anishinaabe community as they try to rewrite their family’s legacy of tragedy.

Muskrat Magazine was kind enough to chat with me recently about the novel and published a great preview. Check it out for a better idea of the story and how it came about. I will announce an official launch in Ottawa (and hopefully Toronto) soon, and I’m currently lining up other readings at literary events. Stay tuned for details. Theytus is also working on an electronic version of the book, and hopefully that will be available not long after the hard copy.

This has been my greatest creative endeavour thus far. It’s a real labour of love, and I hope you get the chance to read it. Please take a moment to view the video below for more. Miigwech!



I’m extremely pleased to announce that my new novel Legacy will be published in the Spring of 2014 by Theytus Books. Theytus published my debut collection of short stories called Midnight Sweatlodge in 2011. Their new managing editor, Paul Seesequasis, has tremendous energy and an exciting vision for Legacy, and I’m really happy to be working with them again. Here’s a brief synopsis:

In the winter of 1989, Eva Gibson is a university student living in downtown Toronto. She’s homesick for her community in northern Ontario, but she’s determined to get her education to one day return home and serve her fellow Anishinaabe people. After a rare night out with friends, she is beaten to death by a man whom she met at a bar. It’s a devastating loss for her siblings, who continue to mourn the violent loss of their parents just three years earlier. Tragedy becomes the Gibson family’s legacy. Back on the rez, Eva’s brothers and sister struggle to cope with their losses and redefine their legacy in the years after her death. Some turn to ceremony; some turn to vice. All the while, they contend with a creeping sentiment of revenge.

More to come…


Turn the page…

Nearly three months after its initial release, Midnight Sweatlodge is headed for a second printing. I’m not sure exactly how many people have picked up copies by this point, but the good news is there’ll be lots more out there. On that note, I’m happy to announce a few more reading dates over the next month. The above poster is for tomorrow’s event at the University of Toronto. It was organized by the brilliant and talented Cherie Dimaline and features the amazing Lee Maracle. So far I’ve had the honour of reading with some legendary Aboriginal authors on this tour, and that greatly humbles me. If you’re in Toronto, I hope you can make it!

I’m also thrilled to be part of McGill University‘s Aboriginal Awareness Week in Montreal. Check out the schedule here. I’ll read a story from Midnight Sweatlodge then have a little Q & A with students/community members. The McGill bookstore will have copies for sale. And the week after, I’m returning to Winnipeg to be part of Thin Air – the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. Check out this link for my schedule. The organizers are also in the process of lining up a class visit or two while I’m there.

Many of you have been wondering about a “hometown” event in Wasauksing/Parry Sound. I can tell you something is in the works for October – stay tuned for a formal announcement. I also hope to bring the book to Edmonton or Calgary in November, and I’m crossing my fingers for a visit to British Columbia in the new year. If you’re interested in booking an event, please don’t hesitate to email me at waub@waub.ca.

Having this book out there has been a dream come true. When it was coming together, I fantasized about being able to do an actual “tour” to promote it, but I didn’t think it would actually happen. I can’t explain how excited I am to take these stories on the road. I want to thank you all for your interest and support, and I have to give a huge shout out to my employer-by-day and the publisher for letting me explore these options. Miigwetch!