It's not everyday an author is bombarded with calls from agents across North America, vying for the right to publish their books. That's what happened to Cherie Dimaline within days of winning the Governor General's Literary Award for young peoples' literature and the U.S. Kirkus Prize for young readers' literature in November 2017 for The Marrow Thieves (Dancing Cat Books 2017). By the following spring, Dimaline, a member of Ontario's Georgian Bay Metis community, had signed a four-book deal with Penguin Random House. The first book in the series, Empire of Wild, inspired by a traditional Metis story of the Rogarou - a werewolf-like creature that prowls the roads and woods of Metis communities - has been published. Dimaline started writing at the age of five, influenced by hearing her grandmother's stories. Her first two books, Red Rooms (2011) and The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy (2013) were published by B.C.-based Theytus Books. Dimaline recently moved to Vancouver where her 2017 novel The Marrow Thieves is being made into a television series.

BOOKS:

Red Rooms (Theytus, 2011) $21.79 978-1926886176

The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy (Theytus 2013) $21.79 978-1-926886-31-2

A Gentle Habit (Kegedonce Press 2015) 978-1-928120-02-5

The Marrow Thieves (Dancing Cat Books 2017) $14.95 978-1-770864-86-3

Empire of Wild (Penguin Random House 2019) $29.95 h.c. 978-0-735277-18-2

[BCBW 2019]