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ECW Press Fall 2018 Trade

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Moon of the Crusted Snow
A Novel
By (author): Waubgeshig Rice
9781770414006 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Rural Ontario Oct 02, 2018
$17.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.52 in 224 pages ECW Press
Evergreen Award 2019, Nominated Campbell Memorial Award 2019, Short-listed First Nation Communities READ Indigenous Literature Award 2019, Short-listed

A daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow.

The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.

Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.

Short Description

A post-apocalyptic novel set in a remote northern First Nations community. As their tenuous links to the southern world wink out, Evan and his community learn to rely again on the old ways to survive. But a wendigo southerner arrives to threaten everything.

Sales and Market Bullets

  • A post-apocalyptic thriller set in Northeastern Ontario west of James Bay

  • Author is a high profile CBC journalist influential on Twitter with 24.8K followers (@waub)

  • The book centers around a First Nation community of Anishinaabe

  • Historically, post-apocalyptic stories and themes haven’t been thoroughly explored from an Indigenous perspective in literary fiction

  • Examines the ongoing impacts of settler colonialism on Indigenous communities

  • A unique and compelling story about an Indigenous community by an Indigenous author


For readers of Richard Wagamese’s Medicine Walk

Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. His first short story collection, Midnight Sweatlodge, was inspired by his experiences growing up in an Anishinaabe community, and won an Independent Publishers Book Award in 2012. His debut novel, Legacy, followed in 2014. He currently works as a multi-platform journalist for CBC in Sudbury. In 2014, he received the Anishinabek Nation’s Debwewin Citation for excellence in First Nation Storytelling. Waubgeshig now splits his time between Sudbury and Wasauksing.

“This slow-burning thriller is also a powerful story of survival and will leave readers breathless.” — Publishers Weekly

Rice seamlessly injects Anishinaabe language into the dialogue and creates a beautiful rendering of the natural world . . . This title will appeal to fans of literary science fiction akin to Cormac McCarthy as well as to readers looking for a fresh voice in indigenous fiction.” — Booklist

“The creeping tension and vividly drawn landscapes make Waubgeshig Rice’s characters’ choices all the more real.” — Toronto Star

Moon of the Crusted Snow sets itself apart — an apocalypse novel in reverse.” — Globe and Mail

“Rice complicates and demands a rethinking of the apocalyptic category itself, which is the book’s greatest revelation and strength . . . Rice’s writing is measured and he has a lovely ear for the cadence of conversation — humour, rage, and introspection all coming through the dialogue . . . Rice’s story teaches, but it’s not didactic; it’s original, and somehow takes the frenetic pace of a crisis, slows it down, and shows us its parts.” — Canadian Notes & Queries

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