9781771122863_cover_rb_modalcoverMy first book, The Homing Place (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2017), considered the contexts in which settler Canadians most often understand themselves and others — where those contexts come from and how they interfere with settlers’ ability to be transformed by information from or about Indigenous peoples. While there is much talk today in academic circles about the importance of listening to Indigenous peoples, I discussed the amount of work and self-reflection that settlers will need to do just to get to a place from which they will be able to listen or to be transformed. And I called that place the homing place — the place of listening across the epistemological barriers and interruptions that were built into northeastern settler societies and worldviews across centuries.

The Homing Place was shortlisted for the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing and awarded the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Award for Non-Fiction. This award transformed my understanding of my audience and communities — a process that you can read more about, if you like, in this interview with The Miramichi Reader. The judge for the NB Book Award, Andrew Westoll, had this to say about the book:

“Great nonfiction often challenges the reader to reconsider their place in the world, and that is exactly what Bryant has achieved with The Homing Place. Exhaustively researched, deeply informed by literary criticism, and written with the force of an impassioned thinker who has seen behind the veil of reconciliation in Canada, The Homing Place delivers a series of uncomfortable truths about the indigenous and settler relationship. A humanistic treatment that rewards, and deserves, deep engagement.”


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