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Non-Fiction

  • Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk, Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe
    Counterpoint Press, 9781640094147, March 8, 2022 (Non-Fiction)

    Red Paint is an ode to Indigenous legacy; to the punk-rock scene; to the self; to the legacy of trauma and the power of rebuilding; to the ancestral wisdom of those who have lived before; and to the strength inherent in us. Told through poetic prose, LaPointe guides readers through an exploration of her ancestral roots and present struggles of self, all while relaying the historical echos of colonialism and genocide in the present for Indigenous communities. Haunting and powerful, LaPointe’s intersectional memoir tells of lineage, healing, and hope.”

    —Clancey D’Isa, Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Chicago, IL

    “Beautifully written, this memoir is of an Indigenous woman finding herself and her home, despite all of the hardships in her life. LaPointe also tells the story of her grandmothers before her, and how her ancestors’ lives have helped to shape hers. Filled with the spiritual beliefs of the Coast Salish peoples, this is an important story to tell.”

    —Katrina Bright-Yerges, Books & Company, Ocomonowoc, WI

     

    Red Paint is like Terese Mailhot’s Heart Berries, but with punk rock and poems. It's a memoir of looking back to move forward; of connecting lines of lineage to find one’s place; and of healing from the traumas, losses, griefs, and violences of the body, mind, and soul. A lyrical memoir honestly told in a voice grounded in earth and guided by spirit, LaPointe’s voice and ancestral history need more prominent space — both in the world and on our bookshelves. This is one debut to make room for.”

    —Samantha Kolber, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, VT

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