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Monique Gray Smith: An author’s journey of hope and resilience
1/6/2022 3:17:00 PM - Education Dept.

Kina gda gindaasomi, kina gda zhibiigemi: We all read, we all write


As part of the libraries’ IMLS Enhancement Grant, your Tribal Libraries invite you to join us for a virtual visit with author Monique Gray Smith:


An author’s journey of hope and resilience

In this lunchtime session, Monique will share her personal journey as an author and how it was the words of a stranger, “I look forward to reading your book one day,” that changed the trajectory of her life. Monique will share stories and offer readings from her various books and will share the importance of kindness and believing in ourselves, our gifts and our dreams.


About the author

Monique Gray Smith is a proud mom of teenage twins and an award-winning, best-selling author. Her first published novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the 2014 Canadian Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature. Since then, Monique has had 7 books come out that cover a broad spectrum of ages, topics and emotions. Monique’s novel, Tilly and the Crazy Eights was longlisted for Canada Reads 2021. She is currently working on the Young Adult Adaptation of Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, with a November 2022 release date. Also coming out in Fall 2022 is a picture book, I Hope with Orca Book Publishers. Monique is Cree and Scottish and has been sober and involved in her healing journey for over 30 years. She is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.


Register to attend, and you will also receive copies of two of the author’s books (while supplies last):

My Heart Fills with Happiness / Nijiikendam

You Hold Me Up / Gimanaadenim


Register online






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