Through Native News Online Staff
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Valley State University will host Angeline Boulley (Sault Ste. Marie of Chippewa Indians), New York Times bestselling author of Firekeeper’s Daughter, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. Boulley will read her best-sellers and answer questions from the audience.
The in-person event will take place at the DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health at Grand Valley State University, 333 Michigan Street, NE, in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Masks are required at inside the university.
The event will be streamed live on Native News Online starting at 6:00 PM – EST. The program will not be saved.
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Daughter of the Fire Keeper is the first book by Boulley, who previously worked for the US Department of Education in Washington, DC before returning to Michigan to be closer to his aging parents. Released in March 2021, it was on the New York Times bestseller list in the first week of April. The book spent 20 weeks on the New Times bestseller list.
“Angeline Boulley inspires our young people to be like her. His book authenticates our experiences and speaks of the experiences of our lives that validate our existence. Our readers can see themselves in the story, and it’s so important for us to be visible, after years of erasure,” Lin Bardwell (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians), Program Coordinator, Native American Initiatives at Grand Valley State University said.
“Firekeeper’s Daughter is an electrifying thriller comprised of a rich exploration of the modern Indigenous experience, a reckoning of current and historical injustices, and a powerful celebration of community,” reads the book’s jacket.
TIME describes the book as “part thriller, part romance, and part examination of Indigenous identity.”
“Boulley’s hard-hitting and thought-provoking debut challenges many of the tropes around policing that often appear in the crime genre,” writes TIME.
“I think audiences were primed and ready for a thriller that provides insight into Indigenous identity,” Boulley told Native News Online in August 2021.
Daughter of the Fire Keeper was chosen by the Obamas’ Higher Ground to be adapted into a Netflix series.
This event is made possible by Grand Valley State University – Office of Multicultural Affairs, Grand Valley State University – Kutsche Office of Local History, Grand Valley State University – Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, Grand Valley State University – Inclusion and Equity Division, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Native News Online.
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