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By Jas M. Morgan

Fall 2018

Winner of the Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers
Winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation Concordia University First Book Prize

Quebec Writers’ Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction, Finalist
Indigenous Voices Award for Published Prose in English, Finalist
Lambda Literary Awards for Lesbian Biography/Memoir, Finalist

Jas M. Morgan’s nîtisânak honours blood and chosen kin with equal care. A groundbreaking memoir spanning nations, prairie punk scenes, and queer love stories, it is woven around grief over the loss of their mother. It also explores despair and healing through community and family, and being torn apart by the same. Using cyclical narrative techniques and drawing on their Cree, Saulteaux, and Métis ancestral teachings, this work offers a compelling perspective on the connections that must be broken and the ones that heal.

Jas M. Morgan is a Cree-Métis-Saulteaux curator, award-nominated editor, award-nominated writer, and McGill Art History PhD recipient. They held the position of Editor-at-Large for Canadian Art. Morgan has previously edited mâmawi­-âcimowak, an independent art, art criticism, and literature journal, and their writing has appeared in Malahat Review, Room, GUTS, MICE, esse, Inuit Art Quarterly, Teen Vogue, and other publications.

Please note: the author of this book has authorized the publisher to keep selling remaining print copies under their previous name. However, we would appreciate you using their correct, current name (Jas M. Morgan) in any mentions, shares, tags, and so on. Thanks again! 

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Author: Jas M. Morgan
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Price: $19.95 CAD
ISBN: 978-0-9940471-7-5 (paperback)

Cover image by Dayna Danger

  • Paperback, 200 pages
  • Printed in Quebec
  • Publication date: September 30, 2018

“Morgan’s incredible insight, unblinking frankness, and surprising tenderness combine to create an unforgettable voice. Razor-sharp critique and heartbreaking empathy are often juxtaposed throughout the book, creating the sort of nuanced cultural commentary that has been missing from Canada’s publishing landscape.”
—Alicia Elliott, Montreal Review of Books

“Morgan writes about: queer love and betrayal, the unexpected death of their white adoptive mother, being a prairie punk, the complex intersections of queer and Indigenous identities, and living in different parts of the prairies and the world, and more. It’s funny, sad, clever, tender, and biting. It’s fun to read, and profound and heartbreaking.”
Casey the Lesbrarian

nîtisânak is wildly interesting, thoughtful, and tender, but also utterly uncompromising. Morgan sees through the needs of a hungry audience who may have come to this queer Indigenous memoir to be titillated or scandalized and gently refuses.”
—Jessie Loyer, Capilano Review

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