Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa Public Library, the National Arts Centre, the Ottawa International Writers Festival, and the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation invite you to a conversation with Jesse Thistle about his book From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way.
- In English only
- Wednesday, February 26, 2020
- 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
From the Ashes explores the impact of prejudice and racism, while also telling a story of hope and resilience. It has strong local ties, as Thistle writes about living in Ottawa during a difficult period in his life. The book will be one of the five contenders in the annual Canada Reads competition.
Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, Thistle briefly found himself in the foster-care system with his two brothers, cut off from all they had known. Eventually the children landed in the home of their paternal grandparents, whose tough-love attitudes quickly resulted in conflicts. Throughout it all, the ghost of Jesse’s drug-addicted father haunted the halls of the house and the memories of every family member. Struggling with all that had happened, Jesse succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, spending more than a decade on and off the streets, often homeless. Finally, he realized he would die unless he turned his life around.
In this heartwarming and heart-wrenching memoir, Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful past, the abuse he endured, and how he uncovered the truth about his parents. Through sheer perseverance and education—and newfound love—he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family.
An eloquent exploration of the impact of prejudice and racism, From the Ashes is, in the end, about how love and support can help us find happiness despite the odds.
- National Arts Center,
- 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Seating is limited. Please register by clicking the following link: