Thursday June 18th was the book launch for
Jane Nicholas' book
The Modern Girl:
Feminine Modernities, the Body and Commodities in the 1920s
As evidenced by the following photos
the night was a resounding success!


Please join us at Lakehead University Fri. April 10 for the Feminisms Symposium. The Northern Woman's Bookstore is one of the featured guests! Jan Oakley, Katja Maki and Taina Maki Chahal will be giving a presentation at 11 a.m." "The Northern Woman's Bookstore: A Formidable Force of Grassroots Feminism."

The talk will focus on the history of the bookstore, excerpts from the Northern Woman Journal, and past, present and future feminist-fueled events at NWB. Later, at 2:30 p.m., NWB volunteer Takwana Nhau will be presenting on how Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, and Joyce Forbes informs her research; her presentation is called "In Search of My Mothers' Gardens." Other speakers include women who have presented at NWB, including Gwen O'Reilly and Betty Carpick, and Jayal Chung, in her role as director of the GIC, who is helping to coordinate the symposium.

The symposium is free; just register with the Gender Issues Center (see the poster). Thanks also to the Women's Studies Programme at Lakehead University, which hosts an amazing feminist gathering each year!


Shed the winter doldrums
Get your spring creative writing juices flowing
Come join us!


As you know, we are blessed with many inspiring and talented women who are part of the NWB community. We would like to bring to your attention a few of these women whose work and creativity in the arts are an inspiration not only to us at NWB but all of Thunder Bay!
Erin Stewart and her amazing art were featured in the February edition of The Walleye, our local arts and culture alternative magazine! You can pick up a copy or read all about her work online at /(Just click the cover). The Bookstore carries a selection of Erin's beautiful cards.


 In that same issue of The Walleye,  Katja Maki's photo as the Queen of Death/the Queen of Tuonela from the play, The Death of Winter written by Taina Maki Chahal, Della Maki Bitove and Katja Maki was part of last year's 10x10, A Showcase of Ten Minute Plays.


The 10x10 Showcase  consists of ten 10 minute plays written by local playwrights. These plays are selected by a jury and we are bursting with pride to tell you that for 2015, two plays written by NWB women were chosen and will be premiered on April 11th at the Finlandia Club! The plays and playwrights are Let's Grab Coffee by Samantha Najarro and At The Bottom of Amethyst by Taina Maki Bitove and Della Maki Bitove! This will be a fun evening to check out work by local playwrights, directors and actors.

 Bird and Girl Concert
Friday, November 28th 2014 was a special night at the Bookstore
The Bird and Girl Concert was in full swing!
Della Maki Bitove sang sweet songs from the past
while strumming her beloved ukelele
and singing along with Sydney the Lovebird!
 Della sang such all-time favourites as
Ode to Billy Joe,  Leaving On A Jet Plane,
The Circle Game and Walking After Midnight
The audience was mesmerized and enthusiastic
and even sang along to a few tunes!
What a wonderful evening of music and community spirit
as you can see from the following photos! 





















 Elizabeth May 2014
Elizabeth May came to town on November 21st 
An eager engaged audience listened to her read excerpts from her book
Who We Are: Reflections On My Life And Canada
 She discussed and debated with her audience many important issues
including how we could build a better government
that serves all the people of Canada
Elizabeth is the total opposite of that dreaded word politician
She brings inspiration, grace, forthrightness and intelligence 
to an otherwise boring and dull Canadian political landscape 
All in all, a motivating evening spent with a dynamic politician and woman! 
Katja, Jan and Elizabeth perusing Elizabeth's book 
We couldn't agree with Elizabeth more when she says
Down with patriarchy! 
Photos courtesy of Shannon Cruickshank  

 International Festival of Authors 2014
Samantha Najarro, volunteer extraordinaire at the Bookstore,
as well as extraordinary writer 
posted the following on her blog 
We thank her for giving us permission to post her writing   
On Thursday I attended the IFOA volunteering to sell books for the Northern Woman's Bookstore and wow, was I inspired. Three authors read from their works at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer All The Broken Things 
Alison Pick - Between Gods
Michael Winter - Into The Blizzard: Walking The Fields Of The Newfoundland Dead 

I got to the gallery early and had a chance to look around at the special juried exhibition on display showcasing the talented works of Northern Ontario artists.  I learned that it has been ten years since the last juried exhibition where instead of one artist the room held numerous styles and a taste of each artist's works. I was especially happy to recognize some art that I had seen at other spots in Thunder Bay, now hanging upon gallery walls.

As Katja, Gillian, and I set up books from local authors and a variety of books from the three authors that would be speaking that night, we were joined by Margaret Phillips, who is the strong force behind The Northern Woman's Bookstore. Everyone was happy to see Margaret out at the event and made a point to say hello and see how she's recovering from this tough year of health issues. 

When it was time to listen to the speakers the event started rolling with CBC's Lisa Laco as the host. Each author gave a brief synopsis of their book and read for ten riveting minutes. My favorite part was the Q&A, specifically the question about each writers process. 

Writing as a daily activity could not be stressed enough. 

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer and Alison Pick were surprised that they had the same writing style: To get everything on paper first with an old school pen and then transcribe onto the computer, making that their first edit. 

Micheal Winters was really funny, he made a good distinction about the internet. The computer that he writes on does not have the internet and he likened it to having two rooms. In one room there is a puppy, in the other room there is a dead dog, a 5 day dead, very smelly, dog. Now the dead dog room is your novel and the puppy is the internet. It's better to have separate rooms, because naturally everyone wants to play with puppies. 


The day was bright and sunny, the most beautiful day we had all summer! It was just perfect for a yard sale! The vendors offered diverse and creative wares as you will be able to see from the following photographs and the customers were on a quest for old and new treasures.  Grab a cup of tea and join us on a photographic journey of the Yard Bazaar --

 Where all the action took place --

Sara's blanket was the hit of the day
as many customers vied to own it!

Here's Joan with her table full of treasures!

Beside Joan was a tree of dresses!

 And this was lodged in that tree too!


 Lorrina with her beautiful jewellery, Bent Metalwear


 Renee paid a visit to Lorrina and all of us at the Yard Sale


 Coats adorned the fence


 Jann showing her stuff!


 Gillian, our newest volunteer, visited along with her sister 

 What's this you ask?
It's a harmonium Jocelyn told us
Samantha was smitten and  takes a try at playing it
Sue and Sally were enjoying the sunshine and the events of the day
Sidne made the best duct tape wallets and pouches
I bought one for my business cards!
 Here's Sidne and her wonderful family
 Ma-Nee relaxing by her cards
which are reproductions of her beautiful paintings
Ma-Nee had to think of innovative ways
to display her cards as it was so windy!
Samantha and Shannon keep an eye on the festivities
you just never know what will happen at yard sales! 

 Vintage fashions from the 1990s are the coolest
especially these pants as Taina points out
 Here she is modelling them
and yes, she's right!
We have a satisfied customer with her newly bought umbrella
and her Mom
 A suitcase full of my cards
 A blanket full of my photographs!
What a great day! Thanks to the vendors, customers and all the people who helped us make this day a success. It was a superb fundraiser for the Bookstore!






photos from the Bead & Read Bead-in 
July 23, 2014
with Walking With Our Sisters (Thunder Bay) 
Busy hive of women! We had three tables of women beading on a beautiful summer night. Here at our red vintage 50s chrome legged kitchen arborite table are Leanna Sigsworth, one of the bead-in facilitators, glasses perched on her head, Elder Freda McDonald, in the blue blouse, and two other busy beaders. Each woman who came was given a small heart to bead; together, the hearts will make a community quilt. This table had a concentration of advanced beaders! The sun blessed us with her brilliance, helping us see clearly for our close intricate work.  

. Here at our over-sized 60's vintage formica office table are more sets of busy hands at work. Some, like Mary in the far corner, have been beading since childhood by watching moms and other female kin in action, so she finished her project quickly. Needless to say, the detail of Mary's finished heart showed her expertise! Others new to the skill of moving fingers nimbly had to work hard on perfecting tension and stitches. Along with teaching us beading, Leanna and her sister Jean brought along some WWOS Berry Blend Tea, both iced and hot. Berry Blend Tea, a fundraising project for the Walking With Our Sisters Ceremony/Exhibit, is made of dried blueberries, red currants, Saskatoon berries, raspberries, cornflower petals and other scentilious natural ingredients. Packages of the tea are available at the NWB for $20. All funds to WWOS. Have you drank your blueberries today? 
 Afe, whose sister is a "beadologist" who crafts her own creative designs, got creative by matching her bead border with her nail polish! While Afi can't compete with her sister on beading intricacy she may have her beat on pure pizazz... Jean, wearing the plaid shirt, led the beading part of the workshop, starting off the newbies (like Sherri Ann, in the white and green diagonal striped shirt) with a giant caterpillar visual (not shown). Many of the women present, however, were advanced beaders and their hearts showed off their considerable skill. Jean will be teaching a full year credit course on beading at Lakehead University this Fall, so if you are keen on learning First Nations beading methods and making projects, register for her class. Find it through Visual Arts/Indigenous Learning course offerings: VISUAL ARTS / INDIGENOUS LEARNING 2060 Native Arts and Crafts. Jean is a fantastic instructor and this class will be a wonderful experience. If it wasn't at the same time that I am teaching a class (Friday mornings), I would register for it!
 A few women opted for the little round tables by the July display of books by Canadian authors: NWB employee Katja Maki (scratching her neck in puzzlement after a few stitches got twisted and tangled; sigh, what is a newbie to do?), out-of-town from Abu Dhabi participant Yasmin Chahal (aka my daughter) plotting her next bead placement, and PheBeAnn Wolframe, who has recently completed the book Forty Fabulous Feminists in Northwestern Ontario for the Northern Women's Centre. PheBeAnn beaded a dragonfly on her heart, matching the soft green and brown of her summertime outfit!
 Yasmin and Leanna, shades of blue/purple and black. Behind the women you can see a row of Christi Belcourt's book, Beadwork: First Peoples' Beading History and Techniques (2010). Belcourt is the artist who spearheaded and is the lead coordinator of the Walking With Our Sisters art exhibit, which is best described as a ceremony. To hear Belcourt explain the WWOS memorial / ceremony in a short video, visit the WWOS website
 We also listened to various readers reading aloud stories re-told by Leanna Simpson in her book The Gift is In the Making. We hope to collaborate on another Bead and Read Bead-In with Walking With Our Sisters (Thunder Bay). Look for our notice later this Fall!  



photos from Women & Appliances:

Stories of Suds, Dust & Burnt Toast


Samantha Najarro reading with great gusto and lots of hand expressions her creative non-fiction story about her two grandmothers, one Polish, the other Spanish. She related the differences and similarities of the two women and their influence in shaping her character. We learned about her abuela (grandmother) through Sam's visit to Spain and her encounter with the ancient yet functioning washing machine that holds a key place in her grandmother's apartment. 

At the end of June, we held the last of our 30 on the 30th events until the Fall. At this night of women's storytelling, our speakers included the members of the RedShoes Writing Group, Michele Proulx, Katja Maki, Samantha Najarro, and Taina Maki Chahal, as well as bookstore supporters Joan Baril, Betty Carpick, and Jayal Chung. Above, Michele reads a chronological history of the various washing machines that she has come to know over the years. She weaves a story of  passages in her life through the sudsy machines. 

Katja Maki, another RedShoes writer, reads a story about her mother's Singer treadle sewing machine. The treadle machine played a role in the matched-to-drapes dresses Katja's younger sister had to wear as a young girl. Katja's aiti (mom), Mrs. Maki, with her keen eye on reducing all waste, ever industrious used scraps from curtain material to sew dresses for Della. The two older sisters were less compliant so it was Della, "the baby," who got the scratchy dresses. As Katja noted, in family photos Della disappeared into the drapes, with only her smiling face floating through. 

Joan Baril read a poem about teaching children to wash clothes that she found in a newspaper. Like all things social, washing clothes is something we have to learn. It doesn't come wired into our DNA! Needless to say, in today's consumerist world we are bombarded with corporate messages on all the 'right' stuff we need to get our ever increasing piles of stuff clean. You can find other pieces by Joan on her blog Literary Thunder Bay. Her short write-up of the appliances night at NWB is in a post called Fun with Appliances.

Betty Carpick kept the audience captivated with her witty and somewhat wacky yet thoroughly smart story that mixed the actions of a washing machine and the act and ritual of washing clothes with a woman's interior world as told through a film review-like style. Who knew that washing clothes could be so sensual, with so many possible close ups and dramatic moments? Ahh.. the love affair of a machine......

Jayal Chung, reading from her smart phone, also turned us to the sensual relationship women can have with items in our homes, by reading an ode to a futon. Not quite a machine, but yet a common item of our everyday lives, the bed holds a special place in our hearts. You can listen to Jayal recite her poem "Oh, Beloved Futon," a meditation on her futon, friendship, moving, and space, on Vimeo. 

 Lastly, Taina Maki Chahal read a creative non-fiction story about her adult son's new consumer dream, the Wonder Wash, a hand cranked countertop non-electric, non-digital washing "machine," similar to the one depicted below. 


Bead and Read Bead-in
with Walking With Our Sisters (Thunder Bay)
Join us at the bookstore
Wed. July 23 6 - 9 pm
to bead HEARTS together!


A Great Summer Night Get-together!

See you there!


Join us for Rachel Mishenene's book launch



More titles by Rachel Mishenene: Strength and Struggle: perspectives from First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in Canada.


Ningwakwe Press

Northern Woman's Bookstore 



A few photos from the "30 Years on the 30th - Memories Night" - March 30, 2014.





 Our line-up of wonderful talent included:

Ma-Nee Chacaby (smudging); Amy Jones (speaking); Jocelyn Burkhart (singing and guitar)Donna Pheonix (speaking); Joan Baril (speaking);  and Jann Michaels (singing and guitar).


Upcoming Event: Jan Braun
Canadian author, Jan Braun, will be in Thunder Bay the weekend of November 22 - 24.  Please join us on Saturday, November 23rd, 2:30 pm to meet Jan and hear her read from her novel,Somewhere Else.  

Somewhere Else chronicles the adventures and misadventures of a young woman who must reconcile her sexuality with the Mennonite spirituality she grew up with.  Along the way our protagonist leaves her prairie home in Saskatchewan and stumbles upon urban queer culture in the heart of Winnipeg.  She also encounters working class ethics on Lake Winnipeg, a long-suffering Unitarian, and the heady world of academics in Ontario.  What else might she find along the way?  

Save the date and do consider dropping by the bookstore for this event. 


Upcoming Event: Sept. 17:

Sharon Irvine

will read from her collection of short stories

Close Encounters
Northern Woman’s Bookstore (across from Lot 66)

Tuesday September 17, 7:30 pm

65 S. Court St.


“The short stories basically explore close encounters, human relationships under a variety of circumstances. Some of the stories are humorous and some are serious.” ~ Sharon Irvine

Sharon Irvine is a converted northerner from southern Ontario, passionate about living on the shield among its lakes and forests, and much of her work reflects this passion. She has published a book of poetry, Watching The Parade, as well as the collaborative anthology of poems, Core Samples. Her work has been included in Paradise Frost and Northern Nurses, NOWW  Newsletter,807 MagazineRandom Acts of PoetryCoreWhiskey Jack and Squeeze. She has read at countless venues, including the Thunder Bay Public Library, the Nipigon Public Library, at several book clubs, Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Northern Woman's Book Store and at various events for the literacy outreach program, Random Acts of Poetry. The author has also read her work over the radio, both on a national scale (CBC) and locally (LU Radio). Sharon belongs to the literary groups NOWW, Writers Northwest and Para-Tactics. She won first prize for memoir in NOWW’s 2008 Literary Awards contest and placed third in the same category the following year. Sharon Irvine is a retired school teacher, who continues to influence and inspire local high school students, to whom she teaches creative writing on a volunteer basis.

Come enjoy the pleasure of hearing this wonderful local author!

Soul Whisper Cards Night

hands on creativity with

 Della Maki Bitove

artist, dollmaker, singer, dancer, performer 

Come out for a woman's centered night of

creating cards through collage

no experience necessary; all materials supplied

Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Northern Woman's Bookstore

65 S. Court St.

Cost: $10.00 ($5 for supplies & $5 donation to the bookstore)

Only 12 spots available. To reserve your spot email  

What magic will transpire from beneath your fingers?

What unexpected medicine will come your way?

Soul Whisper Cards are a reflection of your creativity unleashed!


Upcoming Event: Rethinking Unequal Exchange

We are very excited about an upcoming book event at the Northern Woman's Bookstore. Salima Valiani's newest book, "Rethinking Unequal Exchange: the global integration of nursing labour markets" is an engaging study of international politics and women's labour in a globalized world. 


Saturday, May 18  

2:00 pm  

65 South Court Street 


 Women's Literature Night

 Friday, November 30th starting at 7:00pm we are holding an open house to celebrate feminist book stores and women's literature.  

November 30th marks the closing of the Toronto Women's Bookstore which makes the Northern Woman's Bookstore the last of its kind in Canada.  We are deeply saddened by the loss of so many great spaces across the country and our event on Friday will be a celebration of feminist book stores and our relationships to the spaces, books, and people connected to women's literature.  

So many amazing women have agreed to participate in the evening, and we will have a number of authors reading their own writing and poetry, as well as musical performances to close out the night.  

Make sure to stop by Friday evening to catch performances from wonderful local authors and musicians, sample some treats, and check out our books while you celebrate women's literature!  

Reading: Joan Baril and Ma-Nee Chacaby

 Starting at 7:30pm on November 23rd authors Joan Baril and Ma-Nee Chacaby will be presenting a few of their readings.  We are looking forward to a wonderful night full of stories, laughs, and other literary treasures. 


International Festival of Authors Readings and Meet the Author  












Both events are scheduled for November 2, 2012. 

Meet the Author with award-winning Madeleine Thien will be at Waverly Resource Library at 3:00pm.

    Later in the evening, at 7:00pm at the Airlane Hotel, Tibero Room, all 3 authors will share readings from their works.

Tickets are available at the Northern Woman's Bookstore. 

Author Reading - Keeping the Land 

We are very excited to announce this upcoming event. Please join us for an evening with the authors of Keeping the Land: Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Reconciliation and Canadian Law. 

Hear about a remote First Nation community who took on the government backed mining industry, and won.  This case represents one example of Aboriginal people across the nation, and around the world, struggling to protect the land.  

"When the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug's traditional territory was threatened by mining exploration in 2006, they followed their traditional duty to protect the land and asked the mining exploration company, Platinex, to leave.  Platinex left - and then sued the remote First Nation for $10 billion.  The ensuing legal dispute lasted two years and eventually resulted in the jailing of community leaders.  Ariss argues that though the jailing was extraordinarily punitive and is indicative of continuing colonialism within the legal system, some aspects of the case demonstrate the potential of Canadian law to understand, include and reflect Aboriginal perspectives.  Connecting scholarship in Aboriginal rights and Canadian law, traditional Aboriginal law, social change and community activism, Keeping the Land explores the twists and turns of this legal dispute in order to gain a deeper understanding of the law's contributions to and detractions from the process of reconciliation."

This gathering is presented by the Northern Woman's Bookstore and takes place at the Learning Cafe, 510 East Victoria, October 11th, 7:00 pm.


Book Launch

We are very pleased to announce that the Northern Women's Bookstore is planning an upcoming book launch for Margie Taylor's latest publication: 60 is the new 20: a boomer's guide to aging with grace, dignity and what's left of your self-respect


         Thursday, June 28, 2012

          65 Court Street South

          7:30 pm


Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served.  Everyone is welcome, so make sure to mark this event in your calendar because it is sure to be a wonderful evening.



Thunder Pride Literary and Story-Telling Night 

  7:00 - 9:00 pm

  Tuesday June 12, 2012

   Mary J. L. Black Library 

Mary J.L. Black is located at 901 S. Edward St, Thunder Bay. The building is accessible, admission is 100% free, and everyone is welcome. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. (If you would like a good seat, please consider arriving early. Last year's literary event was full to capacity).

Award winning Zoe Whittall will join a powerful team of exceptionally talented local writers and story tellers; folks who are proud to call the north shores of Lake Superior home.  We would like to thank Susan Goldberg, Ma-Nee Chacaby, Ray Moonias, and Rachel Mishenene for happily agreeing to share their words with us on June 12th.  But it doesn't end there.  We are also pleased to announce the addition of two young, promising writers from Thunder Bay's youth group, The Other 10%. We couldn't be happier with the line-up!

Please consider marking the day on your calendar.  Wear your favourite shirt, bring a date, and expect an evocative night of excellent literature.  See you there.

Check out the poster for this event here .



Please join us for an exciting event, "Overflow", an evening of readings about the vulnerable, with three Thunder Bay writers:

            Susan Goldberg

            Rachel Mishenene

            Meghan Eddy

                         Sunday, April 22 - 7:00pm at the Northern Woman's Bookstore

This evening will also serve as the launch of the anthology Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage (Seal Press, 2012), edited by Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort. Copies of the anthology - which includes an essay by Susan Goldberg, excerpted in the current issue of Ms. magazine - will be available for sale and signing.

Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome, so come out and enjoy a wonderful evening!



JOIN US ON SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m. for

"A Tribute to Canadian Women Musical Artists"




International Women’s Day

Retro ‘70s

celebration & potluck

Date: Sat. March 10, 2012

Time:  5 – 7 pm

Place: Northern Woman’s Bookstore, 65 S. Court St.

Women have won many struggles, which is good cause for celebration. Yet neo-liberalism, racism, homophobia, ageism and other injustices continue, so we have many more difficulties to overcome. The history of women’s accomplishments, local, regional, national and global, can inspire us to action and hope.

1970: Abortion Caravan crosses Canada, stops in Ottawa, and 30 women chain themselves to the parliamentary gallery in the House of Commons, closing the Canadian parliament for the first time in its history.

Join us at the Northern Woman’s Bookstore Sat. March 10th to celebrate the gains of women. Our event is focused on the 1970s so dress up in your retro fashion, bring along a snippet of a 70s milestone of women, some women's history, politics, or social and cultural issue, or other woman-centered 70s information. You might want to read a short poem or quotation by your favorite 70s writer: Audre Lorde, Maria Campbell, Marge Piercy , Sonia Sanchez , or ? What were you (or your female relatives) doing in the 70s? There will be a 70s timeline of women’s local and regional firsts, which you can add to, and we'll be playing a soundtrack of 70s music! 

If you can, please bring some food for the potluck. Maybe a 70s style casserole? 

 Women's Day protest 1970s



Out of Hibernation 


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

7:30pm at the Northern Woman's Bookstore, 65 Court Street South.

We are very excited to host an evening of local literary works with authors Marion Agnew and Erin Stewart as they present new material.  There will also be live presentations and an open mic sections for anyone interested in coming out to share their own poetry or short stories.


Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided.  Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoys an evening of great local literary works.

Audre Lorde. image source 

Galvanize the Mind: A feminist/activist discussion group

  • Thursday, February 9, 2012
  • 7:00pm until 8:30pm
  • place: Northern Woman's Bookstore

Participants of the non-fiction book club, Galvanize the Mind, had a great time in January and we're looking forward to meeting again in February... please join us is sharing a fine night of folks, food and books. Everyone is welcome.

February is Black History Month in
Canada, a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Black women. Read something in honour of this important month and share it with book club participants the evening of February 9th.

Galvanize Your Mind is a 'no pressure, no stress' book club created to celebrate feminist theory, thinkers, and activists.

Also on the agenda: Fruit, chocolate, and warm delicious beverages.

Happy Reading!



Start the New Year with a strong woman you admire.

Our intriguing non-fiction book club, Galvanize your Mind has chosen to start the New Year by celebrating women who have made a substantial impact achieving rights and freedoms.  Our January theme, in other words, is Women as Leaders.  Bring a book/article/paragraph by or about a strong woman you admire. Benazir Bhutto, Nawal El Saadawi, Judy Rebick, Lise Meitner, Margaret Atwood, and Lee Maracle are just a few of the amazing women you could read about.  Choose anyone you wish.


     January 3, 2012 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

     65 Court Street South - The Northern Woman's Bookstore

Also on the agenda: fruit, chocolate, and warm, delicious beverages

Bring your friends and we'll see you there!



October 4th, 2011: Kim Anderson Author Reading

Kim Anderson, author of A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood, will be hosting an author reading at the Northern Woman's Bookstore. Kim will be reading from her newest publication, Life Stages and Native Woman: Memory, Teachings and Story Medicine.

Kim Anderson is a Cree/Metis educator and co-editor of Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival. When Kim was in Thunder Bay in 2005 to celebrate the week of International Women's Day with her book A Recognition of Being, she attracted a full house. We encourage folks to come a bit early on Tuesday to get a good seat!

Doors open at 7pm and the event will start at 7:30 at the Northern Woman's Bookstore.

Here are a few additional words about Kim's new book:

A rare and inspiring guide to the health and well-being of Aboriginal women and their communities.

The process of "digging up medicines" - of rediscovering the stories of the past - serves as a powerful healing force in the decolonization and recovery of Aboriginal communities. In Life Stages and Native Women, Kim Anderson shares the teachings of fourteen elders from the Canadian prairies and Ontario to illustrate how different life stages were experienced by Metis, Cree, and Anishinaabe girls and women during the mid-twentieth century. These elders relate stories about their own lives, the experiences of girls and women of their childhood communities, and customs related to pregnancy, birth, post-natal care, infant and child care, puberty rites, gender and age-specific work roles, the distinct roles of post-menopausal women, and women's roles in managing death. Through these teachings, we learn how evolving responsibilities from infancy to adulthood shaped women's identities and place within Indigenous society, and were integral to the health and well-being of their communities. By understanding how healthy communities were created in the past, Anderson explains how this traditional knowledge can be applied toward rebuilding healthy Indigenous communities today.



strength and struggle

You are invited...

Please join Rachel Mishenene and Jody Porter as they launch an excellent new book!

Rachel Mishenene is the co-editor of Strength and Struggle: Perspectives from First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples in Canada.  The book will be launched on:
Wednesday, June 22, 7:30 pm, at the Northern Woman's Bookstore.  
This book contains the writings of several authors from Northwestern Ontario; Thunder Bay's own Jody Porter has also played a very important role. 

Here is a little more information from the publisher, McGraw-Hill Ryerson:

"Strength and Struggle: Perspectives from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Canada is part of McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s iLit Collection of supplementary student resources for high school English courses. This title is a 149-page, soft-cover book that includes a rich array of short stories, poetry, music lyrics, graphic art, articles, essays, and other pieces that will have students laughing, crying, talking, and thinking. It is a true celebration of First Nations, Inuit and Métis writing and art."

Please see the attached poster and share this event with those who may be interested.

Delicious things to eat and plenty of beverages will be part of this event.  As with most Northwestern Ontario book launches, food and fun are a must, good reading is a given.  

See you there.
strength and struggle



In early June you will find The Northern Woman's Bookstore selling books at two events during Thunder Pride Week, June 5 - 12, 2011.  


1. The first event is Ivan E. Coyote's reading at The Learning Cafe on June 7th, 2011 from 7 pm-10 pm. It's an event we've organized along with Pride Central and the Gender Issues Centre at Lakehead University. 

The Learning Cafe night is a celebration of Queer literature and storytelling. A number of local writers will kick off the night, followed by Ivan. If you missed Ivan the first time she came through town, now's your chance to catch one fantastic storyteller! If you think you know the North, you don't know anything til you've heard Ivan spin her yarns.

Be prepared to be inspired by this night of queering up language. It's free and all ages.

*Highly recommended* Be there!

For more details visit the Facebook page, Thunder Pride Literary Event featuring Ivan E. Coyote. Find The Learning Cafe on 501 E. Victoria Ave. downtown FW.

Ivan E. Coyote event


2. The second event is Pride in the Park, Saturday, June 11, noon - 9 pm at Marina Park, downtown PA. What better way to spend Saturday with your friends and family than by the shores of Lake Superior celebrating the LGBTQ community of Thunder Bay? Surrounded by others who take pride in "the beautiful diversity that exists in our families, work place, community and region"?

There will be booths, displays and picnicking, and you can also catch performances by Outside the Lines, Gay Straight Alliances Troupe, Sunday Wilde, Faith Nolan, Rae Spoon, and more. 

The Northern Woman's Bookstore will be selling books from noon to 6 pm. From Gender Outlaws and Mauve Desert to Dear John, I Love Jane and The Judy Grahn Reader you will find words to inspire. Find us under one of the tents!

See the poster below for the schedule of the many events during Thunder Pride. 

Pride Week