Darrel McLeod will be in Sooke to read from his award-winning memoir. He will also host a memoir writing workshop. (File)

Sooke’s award-winning author comes home

Darrel McLeod will give a reading and host a workshop in Sooke

Governor-General award-winning author Darrel J. McLeod is back from a whirlwind tour of North America and will be featured at two events in Sooke in the coming week.

McLeod, the author of Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age, will read from his award-winning memoir at the Sooke Region Museum on Thursday (Sept. 12), between 6:30 and 8 p.m.

The reading is sponsored by the Sooke Region Historical Society and the publishing house of Douglas and MacIntyre with support from the Sooke Arts Council.

“Darrel has been a very popular and much sought-after speaker since the publication of Mamaskatch, so we are very pleased to host him for two events in Sooke,” said Doni Eve, president of Sooke Region Historical Society.

“His work is both entertaining and enlightening; shining a light on his life and on the broader issues facing the First Nations communities across the country.”

RELATED: Sooke’s best kept literary secret

McLeod said response to his first memoir has been overwhelming and he’s been surprised at the widespread attention his work has earned.

“The interest has been very diverse. I’ve heard from seniors and Cree elders who have written and, in one case, come to visit me,” McLeod said.

“But I’ve also heard from very young people – people in their teens – who’ve told me my book increased their awareness of the First Nations experience without imparting guilt or blame.”

McLeod said some of the lessons in his memoir transcend the First Nations experience and can be instructive in other areas like gender identity and racial conflicts.

“Some of my experiences and the lessons they teach are applicable in other segments of life. This isn’t just a book about First Nations.”

A second event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Sooke Region Museum Pavillion where McLeod will host a memoir writing workshop.

The workshop, sponsored by the Federation of B.C. Writers and Sooke Region Historical Society, will instruct participants on the benefits of journaling as a way of sharing their stories with others.

“Even if you think that you’ve lived a banal life, the truth is that everyone has intriguing, important stories to tell,” McLeod said.

“It’s just a matter of finding your voice, and being authentic and compelling and transferring that into your writing.”

McLeod is in the process of penning a second memoir that will continue his story and provide further insights to issues with which he’s had to grapple and the resolutions he’s found dealing with the challenges of life.

But at the moment the best thing for McLeod is to be back in Sooke.

“I’m super happy doing something local again. I’ve been travelling all over Canada and the U.S. and to have local folks show this interest is just wonderful,” he said.



mailto:tim.collins@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

No architect for Langford building ruled ‘unreasonable’ by B.C. Supreme Court

Legal action brought against City in 2019 for permit issued on Hoffman Avenue building

Colwood drive-thru window smashed after suspect receives burger without mustard

Wendy’s staff call police after man allegedly rips Plexiglas barrier off window

Pauquachin First Nation calls on North Saanich to help restore shellfish in Coles Bay

The nation identifies ‘residential onsite septic systems’ as one of sources of contamination

Pool deck turns patio as Saanich restaurant cooks up creative outdoor seating options

District supports local businesses such as The Lakes Restaurant in creating seating

Victoria police searching for suspect after baseball bat assault

Man assaulted in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue

If Trudeau won’t stand up to Trump, how will regular people: Singh

Trudeau did not directly answer a question about Trump’s actions amid protests

POLL: Are you sending your children back to school this month?

Classrooms looked decidedly different when students headed back to school for the… Continue reading

VIDEO: Internal investigation into aggressive arrest by Kelowna Mountie

A video allegedly shows a Kelowna Mountie striking a man several times

22 new COVID-19 test-positives, one death following days of low case counts in B.C.

Health officials urged British Columbians to ‘stand together while staying apart’

John Horgan says COVID-19 restrictions won’t be eased regionally

B.C. Liberals urge ‘tailored’ response based on infections

Feds get failing grade for lack of action plan on anniversary of MMIWG report

‘Instead of a National Action Plan, we have been left with a Lack-of-Action Plan’

Search and rescue crews help locate 62-year-old Nanoose Bay mountain biker

RCMP: Man got lost on trail and did right thing by calling for assistance

B.C. ranchers, lodge operators say Indigenous land title shuts them out

Tsilhqot’in jurisdiction affects grazing, access to private property

As two B.C. offices see outbreaks, Dr. Henry warns tests don’t replace other measures

Physical distancing, PPE and sanitizing remain key to reduce COVID-19 spread

Most Read