Drew Hayden Taylor's Childhood Saturdays at the Bookstore

Bookstores have always been a large part of my life.  As a kid, my Saturday trip into Peterborough from the Reserve wouldn't be complete without spending time at a book store.  In the 70's the store was called READING AND GREETING (it also carried greetings cards). Then that closed down and it became COLES.

In fact, I used to immerse myself in these bookstores to the point where I, on more than one occasion, was asked to leave because they thought either I was loitering or casing the joint.  The truth was I was looking at all the amazing worlds, adventures, people, and stories waiting to be discovered.

Independent stores always have so much character and individual tastes.  They have their own identity and personality, just like the books they sell.

(c) 2015 Drew Hayden Taylor

[Note: I love this blog because it encapsulates two heartfelt truths. That somehow life is not complete without time at a bookstore. That booksellers are curators, selecting from thousands and thousands of books the ones they feel their customers will love. -- Janie]


On May 2, Another Story Bookshop at 315 Roncesvalles Avenue (Toronto) will be hosting Drew Hayden Taylor.

Drew Hayden Taylor has done many things, most of which he is proud of.  An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, he has worn many hats in his literary career, from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., to being Artistic Director of Canada's premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts.  He has been an award-winning playwright (with over 70 productions of his work), a journalist/columnist (appearing regularly in several Canadian newspapers and magazines), short-story writer, novelist, television scriptwriter, and has worked on over 17 documentaries exploring the Native experience. Most notably, he wrote and directed REDSKINS, TRICKSTERS AND PUPPY STEW, a documentary on Native humour for the National Film Board of Canada.

2010 saw the publication of his novel MOTORCYCLES & SWEETGRASS.  RandomHouse proudly proclaimed him “One of the new faces of fiction for 2010”.  It was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for fiction.  Not to be outdone by himself, 2011saw the publication by Talon Books of Drew’s newest collection of articles and essays, NEWS: Postcards From The Four Directions, exploring Native existence as he sees it, in his own wonky style, followed by his two new plays, DEAD WHITE WRITER ON THE FLOOR and GOD AND THE INDIAN.  This brings his publication total to 25 books.

More importantly, he is still desperately trying to find the time to do his laundry. Oddly enough, the thing his mother was most proud of was his ability to make spaghetti from scratch.