Inspired by fellow book bloggers such as Kinna at Kinna Reads, Iris on Books, and Kim from Reading Matters, I’m toying with the idea of hosting an Indigenous Literature Week here at ANZ LitLovers, but first I need some help.
It would tie in with NAIDOC Week (1-8 July 2012 ) so that gives me a bit of time to learn how to use Mr Linky and to gather a suggested reading list. And that’s the problem: although participants would be free to choose indigenous literature from anywhere round the world, I need to have a quality reading list for literature written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and by Maori.
So far my list of indigenous Australian novelists (literary fiction) just looks like this, though I plan to explore this list at Wikipedia:
- Kim Scott
- Alexis Wright
- Larissa Behrendt
- Tara June Winch
- Mudrooroo Nyoongah (Colin Johnson)
My list for Maori novelists so far? There is this helpful list at Christchurch City Library but I don’t know which ones are literary novelists, except for these ones that I’ve read or have on my TBR:
- Patricia Grace
- Alan Duff
- Keri Hulme
- Witi Ihimaera
You can see the problem! So, dear readers, your suggestions, in comments below, please!
PS Any suggestions for indigenous novelists from anywhere else e.g. Canada, the US, New Guinea etc are welcome too. Please make sure that you include the name of the Indigenous People e.g. Inuit, Comanche, Papuan, as well as the country it comes from along with the author/title.
PPS Amy Williams at the National NAIDOC kindly sent me this link for a catalogue featuring many indigenous authors. It lists some interesting books to strain the TBR…
Update May 4th: I’ve constructed a page listing suggested literary fiction titles by indigenous Australian and New Zealand authors. The permanent link is on the ANZLL Books You Must Read page in the top menu, and you can also find it in the list of Pages near the bottom of the RH Menu.