In 2017, the Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) initiated One Book One Province, calling for all provincial residents to read the same book during the month of March. Now, in 2019, the program is well rooted as it aims to increase literacy and create a reading culture "by providing opportunities for residents to become more socially engaged in their community through a shared story."
This year, the book chosen is Just Pretending, a powerful short story collection from Cree-Métis author Lisa Bird-Wilson:
A nitanis (daughter) invents the mother she never knew. A fourteen-year-old girl struggles to come to terms with her feelings of abandonment. A young man struggles with his Mooshum's imprisonment in a damaged body and what it means for his own Métis identity. A department store clerk falls for a homeless man who woos her with Heart of Darkness. At the centre of these stories are notions of identity and belonging, and the complex relationships between children and parents, both those who are real and those who are just pretending.
Obtain a copy of the book through your local library or read it for free using Wapiti's online e-Resource, hoopla.