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GoldenEagle’s Powerful Novel on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 5:51pm

The Saskatchewan Book Awards have announced that Bone Black, written by Carol Rose GoldenEagle, has been named a finalist for two awards: the Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Book Award, and the Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Book Award.

Bone Black is a powerful and incisive narrative that meditates on justice and revenge. After Wren StrongEagle’s twin sister Raven mysteriously disappears one evening, Wren is devastated—and angry. When Wren’s missing persons report is dismissed and the Canadian Government, RCMP and local police do infuriatingly little to solve her sister’s case, or the countless other cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the country, Wren decides it is time to take justice into her own hands. What follows is a thrilling and evocative story, and a penetrating social critique into prescient issues faced by Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA in Canada today. On being shortlisted, GoldenEagle says, “It is important that the voices, prayers and stories of Indigenous women be heard. The connection to spirit within this writing holds that hope.” 

Carol Rose GoldenEagle (Osawa Mikisew Iskwew) is Cree and Dene with roots in Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan, and an acclaimed journalist and writer. In 2009 she won the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for her literary and journalistic achievements. Her poetry and short fiction have been included in several anthologies and she has published two previous books, Bearskin Diary (Nightwood, 2015), which won the 2017 Aboriginal Literature Award, the 2017 First Nation Communities READ Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards in the Fiction Book Award category, and Hiraeth (Inanna Poetry and Fiction Series, 2018), a finalist for the 2019 Rasmussen, Rasmussen and Charowsky Indigenous Peoples' Writing Award. She lives in Regina Beach, Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Book Awards were established by the Saskatchewan Library Association, the Saskatchewan Publishers Group and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. Since 1993, the Saskatchewan Book Awards have been recognizing and celebrating excellence in writing and publishing in 13 different categories. The winners, who will receive $2000, will be announced at the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.