PAPER PLAINS: Angeline Boulley

Paper Plains Literary Festival presents Angeline Boulley, author of Firekeeper’s Daughter, in conversation with Professor Giselle Anatol! This is an in-person and virtual event presented in partnership with The Commons at KU, Humanities Kansas, the KU First Nations Student Association, and the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas.

All Paper Plains Literary Festival events are free and open to the public, a limited number of VIP Passes can be purchased here.

Friday, April 8th, 2022 // Doors at 5:00pm // Starts at 6:00pm
at Liberty Hall // 644 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS, 66044
Can’t make it in-person? Register to watch live online here.

About the Book: Firekeeper's Daughter is Angeline Boulley’s debut novel and was an instant #1 New York Times Bestseller. In this riveting young adult novel, high school student Daunis Fontaine, a biracial, unenrolled tribal member, has never quite fit in—either in her hometown or on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. When her family is struck by tragedy, Daunis puts her dreams on hold to care for her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother’s hockey team, but when it turns out Jamie is not quite what he seems, Daunis embarks on an adventure that will change her and her family forever. 

In 2022, Firekeeper’s Daughter won the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature (Teen category), the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, the William C. Morris award for YA debut literature, and was an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book.

About the Author: Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a young adult novelist and Native American education advocate.  A storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Boulley currently lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island. 

About the Moderator: Giselle Anatol is a Professor of English at the University of Kansas and a member of the Paper Plains Literary Festival Board.  Anatol's primary fields of interest are Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Literature, especially 20th- and 21st-century women's writing, African American Literature, and Children's and Young Adult Literature, particularly representations of race, ethnicity, and gender in narratives for young people. Anatol received her BA from Yale University, her MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Friday, April 8, 2022 - 6:00pm
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Firekeeper's Daughter By Angeline Boulley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250766564
Availability: This book is in stock at our warehouse and will be at the Raven within 3-5 Business Days, once they've shipped it to us.
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021



An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

Soon to be adapted at Netflix for TV with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground.

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