Hosted by: Ryerson Alumni Relations
Join us on September 30th for a book talk with author, journalist and alumnus, Waubgeshig Rice (Journalism ’02). Waubgeshig will discuss his national bestselling book, Moon of the Crusted Snow: A Novel, external link, opens in new window.
With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow.
The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.
Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.
About the author
Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation. He has written three fiction titles, and his short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies. His most recent novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was published in 2018 and became a national bestseller. He graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 2002, and spent most of his journalism career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as a video journalist and radio host. He left CBC in 2020 to focus on his literary career, including writing the sequel to Moon of the Crusted Snow. He lives in Sudbury, Ontario with his wife and two sons.
For more information about Waubgeshig and his work, visit: waub.ca, external link, opens in new window