The Rosetown Centennial Library welcomed in author Lisa Bird-Wilson, who was recognized by 'One Book, One Province'. Bird-Wilson shared samples of her work on Tuesday afternoon to a small, but attentive, crowd.
Bird-Wilson was selected by 'One Book, One Province' for her book filled with short stories, 'Just Pretending' released in 2013. She is also the author of a poetry book 'Red Files' and a non-fiction book, 'An Institute of Our Own'.
"It's a real gift to be chosen by the Saskatchewan Librarian Association to be able to have my book be the 'one book'. I like the fact that I get to go around to all these various communities and meet people and talk to them that probably wouldn't be exposed to my work or other indigenous literature otherwise."
Bird-Wilson was adopted at a young age, with very little ties to her culture and real family. Much of her work focuses on her indigenous background and trying to re-connect with her heritage. She started writing at a young age as well, but started taking the craft more seriously as she become an adult, "Writing is work, you have to work at it, practice, do classes and learn the craft."
She noted while most of her work is fiction, there are some aspects from real life pulled into her books, "I think all fiction writers have to (pull from real life) otherwise they don't have much to hang their hat on. Whether it's a setting, snippets of conversation, or an incident but you build a whole world around that that is fictionalized."
Bird-Wilson has been recognized for her work as the winner of the 2014 University of Regina Book of the Year, the 2014 Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples' Writing Award, and the 2014 First Nations University of Canada Aboriginal Peoples' Publishing Award
'One Book, One Province' selects one book each year to feature across the province at several different libraries.