The Power of Story at LitFest Alberta

When:
October 23, 2022 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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The Power of Story at LitFest Alberta

Join us in celebrating the life and influence of Harold R. Johnson (1954-2022) who was one of the leading Indigenous writers in Canada. Through a discussion of his final book, The Power of Story: On Truth, the Trickster, and New Fictions for a New Era (Biblioasis 2022)—which he considered to be the culmination of his life’s work—acclaimed panelists Shelagh Rogers, Tracey Lindberg, Tom Roberts, and Michelle Good will reflect on Harold’s larger legacy, both literary and otherwise. In The Power of Story, Johnson explains the role of storytelling in every aspect of human life, from personal identity to history and the social contracts that structure our societies, and illustrates how we can direct its potential to recreate and reform not only our own lives, but the life we share. Companionable, clear-eyed, and, above all, optimistic, Johnson’s message is both a dire warning and a direct invitation to each of us to imagine and create, together, the world we want to live in.

This virtual event will take place on Sunday, October 23 at 12PM MDT.

Tickets are available here.

Order your copy of The Power of Story here!

ABOUT THE POWER OF STORY

Award-winning Indigenous author Harold R. Johnson discusses the promise and potential of storytelling.

Approached by an ecumenical society representing many faiths, from Judeo-Christians to fellow members of First Nations, Harold R. Johnson agreed to host a group who wanted to hear him speak about the power of storytelling. This book is the outcome of that gathering. In The Power of Story, Johnson explains the role of storytelling in every aspect of human life, from personal identity to history and the social contracts that structure our societies, and illustrates how we can direct its potential to re-create and reform not only our own lives, but the life we share. Companionable, clear-eyed, and, above all, optimistic, Johnson’s message is both a dire warning and a direct invitation to each of us to imagine and create, together, the world we want to live in.

ABOUT HAROLD R. JOHNSON

Harold R. Johnson (1954–2022) was the author of six works of fiction and six works of nonfiction, including Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours), which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction. Born and raised in northern Saskatchewan to a Swedish father and a Cree mother, Johnson served in the Canadian Navy and worked as a miner, logger, mechanic, trapper, fisherman, tree planter, and heavy-equipment operator. He graduated from Harvard Law School and managed a private practice for several years before becoming a Crown prosecutor. He was a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation.