Cherie Dimaline, an award-winning writer and editor from Ontario’s Georgian Bay Métis community, is the 2018-19 Writer-In-Residence at Western. She has seen great success with her latest book, The Marrow Thieves. The book won the 2017 Governor General’s Award and the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers – in addition to being a finalist for the White Pine Award, a selection for CBC’s 2018 Canada Reads and this year’s One Book One London choice. She has been touring Canada and travelling abroad, most recently to Peru to attend the Hay Festival – one of the world’s most anticipated annual literary events.
“When I was about 5, I realized a book was just like a jail for a story – the pages, you can capture the story, and keep it there and read it whenever you want. You don’t have to wait for someone to tell it to you. I was fascinated. Before I could physically, truly, write, I wanted to be a writer,” said Dimaline.