Graphic Novels

This Place

150 Years Retold
by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell, Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, David A. Robertson, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Jen Storm, Richard Van Camp, Katherena Vermette, Chelsea Vowel | illustrated by Tara Audibert, Kyle Charles, GMB Chomichuk, Natasha Donovan, Scott B. Henderson, Ryan Howe, Andrew Lodwick, Jen Storm | colour by Scott A. Ford, Donovan Yaciuk

Grade: for ages 15+
SKU: 978-1-55379-758-6 Categories: ,


A National Bestseller

Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks,  psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

CCA_NewChapter_logo_transparent-eThis is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter initiative. With this $35M initiative, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

Among AICL’s Historical Fiction by Native Writers list

Among CBC Books 35 books to read for National Indigenous History Month list

Among Top 10 2020 Summer Reading from The Horn Book

Among Indigo’s Graphic Novels: Bestsellers

These beautiful pieces of sequential art are powerful, exciting, timeless and compelling.
—Kate Shuster for Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Ambitious in scope and strong in execution, this collection succeeds in prompting readers to remember (or learn) Indigenous history….
—Horn Book Magazine

This makes few concessions to newcomers to the topic (which is an approach that itself makes a point), but it will be an eyeopener for people mostly familiar with U.S. history or colonialist viewpoints, and it could galvanize young readers with an interest in social equity.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB)

…breathtaking comics anthology…this mix of powerful storytelling and memorable illustrations is a place to begin a dialogue with Indigenous peoples in Canada.
—The Globe and Mail

…the anthology’s theme and authentically told stories make it a stand-out.
—Publishers Weekly

The anthology is visually gorgeous. Each story is powerfully conveyed, reflecting a time and moment in the Indigenous history of Canada. A great read for any age.
—Quill & Quire, starred review

This Place is the graphic novel I’ve waited my whole life for, and the graphic novel Canada has needed for 150 years. 

The stories contained within its pages are both beautifully rendered and vitally necessary. They represent a history not only largely untold and unknown, but one obscured, hidden from sight, so that other stories may occupy a privileged place in the defining a national story. Their importance is exquisitely captured on these pages, told by some the leading artists working today. This is an essential book, for comic fans, teachers and anyone who wants to learn the stories of this place we now share.
Jesse Wente, broadcaster and film critic

An illuminating, self-assured graphic novel anthology in which every panel reads like a radical act.
—Kirkus Reviews

…this collection provides invaluable opportunity to hear voices that are featured all too rarely in literature and is a worthwhile addition to collections.

Thoughtful, inspiring, and moving…But first and foremost, it’s a collection of exciting, entertaining, beautifully drawn stories…
—Peter Dabbene, Foreword Reviews

A landmark collection of Indigenous comics that redraws how we understand the past, present, and future of Indigenous communities and cultures since Confederation. Each chapter immerses us in a gripping story about real people brought to life through vivid and affecting artwork. This collection proves the power of comics storytelling to create fresh pathways to knowledge and new ways of envisioning Indigenous experiences.
—Candida Rifkind, University of Winnipeg

…gorgeous illustrations and colour accompany engaging stories written by a host of acclaimed Indigenous authors and illustrators.
—The Teaching Librarian

With powerful text and stunning artwork, this anthology empowers Indigenous peoples to lift our voices, reclaim our stories and share our history, so that all Canadians can hear us. Highly recommended for home, school, and public libraries.
—Colette Poitras for CCBC’s Canadian Children’s Book News

Understanding Indigenous history is understanding Canadian history. Therefore, I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. The stories are captivating, the artwork is marvelous, and the knowledge you take away from experiencing these stories is priceless. Thank you again to the authors and artists for enlightening your audience with your stories and visuals.
—Kirsti Granholm for CCBC

This book is an opportunity to shine a light on the stories most Canadians haven’t heard, to learn from Indigenous communities from 1867 to present day—whether these stories are influenced by the creation of Canada or not.
—Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

This is the power of storytelling. It’s going deeper and truer than the history books and the newspaper accounts. It’s bringing the stories to the people for the people and doing it for the right reasons: to teach and to illuminate. This Place: 150 Years Retold is the dawn to a new storytelling tradition that doesn’t need to be held back. It should be shouted forward from now on.
—Helen Kubiw, CanLit for LittleCanadians

This Place: 150 Years Retold compiles often-overlooked stories from different periods since Canada’s Confederation. The contributors are a who’s who of Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers and artists, including Richard Van Camp, Katherena Vermette, Chelsea Vowel, David A. Robertson, GMB Chomichuk, and Scott B. Henderson, among many others.
—Prairie Books Now (Spr/Su 2019)

…a solid addition to…curriculum…as it specifically addresses social, political, economic and cultural challenges in Indigenous communities. Most importantly, the collection points Indigenous students toward seeing themselves, hearing their own voices and stories, and reading about the perspectives of their ancestors and their communities.
—Jennifer Wyatt for Professionally Speaking

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Selected for The White Ravens 2020 catalog

Nominated for the Gene Day Award for Anthology Collection

Winner of the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher

Winner of the McNally Robinson Book of the Year

Nominated for SOLS First Nations Communities READ, YA/Adult Category

Nominated for The Doug Wright Award for best book

Finalist for the Snow Willow award

Among USBBY’s 2020 Outstanding International Books list

Winner of the Cybils Award, Young Adult Graphic Novels

Among Toronto Public Library’s The List: Great Reads for Youth

Among School Library Journal’s Best Graphic Novels 2019

Chosen for CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (2019)

Among Nashville Public Library’s Indigenous authors and stories 2019 list

Selected for #IndigenousReads


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