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Now in bookstores — Following the River: Traces of Red River Women from Wolsak and Wynn. In Nova Scotia, visit Bookmark in Halifax and Lexicon Books in Lunenburg; in Western Canada, McNally-Robinson stores. Also available from online outlets. 

Winner of the Miramichi Reader’s Best Books of 2018, Non-fiction —


Canada’s History (canadashistory.ca) 

is written in a mix of prose and poetry presented alongside fragments of material found in newspaper reports and museums. Readers follow her journey of discovery as we see these women’s stories slowly come to life.

Glenn’s search takes her through the current-day Red River region and illustrates how much the area has changed since her great-grandmother’s time. Her book offers an amazing glimpse into the research process as well as into the lives of Indigenous women in the Red River region.”

Review in Atlantic Books Today:

bringing together historic shards and allowing each to shed light on the other isn’t only a political, feminist or nationalist project… it is part of what poetry does best… (Neilsen) Glenn carefully composes a complex documentary and poetic text in which her voices is only one of many voices, and in which photographs, maps, songs and objects play an important part. 

Readers’ Comments

from Pamela Couture, author and researcher, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto: 

“unique, creative form…the lyric/discursive continuum works beautifully.. difficult to achieve, rare, but in this book done masterfully… the form beautifully matches the content and it all comes to life in an emotionally accessible way. (This book) reaches into universals for those living in North America.”

Open Book interview: http://open-book.ca/News/Lorri-Neilsen-Glenn-on-Following-a-Family-Trail-to-Uncover-the-Historical-Erasure-of-Indigenous-Women

EVENTS (selected)

Halifax Central Library, Halifax, NS (w/ CNF writers), August 14, 2018

Read by the Sea, River John, NS, July, 2018

Ben McNally Books, May 3, 2018 

Reading poetry at launch of Love Me True (Lam and Silcott, Eds).  

Lethbridge, February 27, 2018

University of Lethbridge, February 27, 2018. Panel Discussion (with students)

Reading: 7 p.m. Penny Building, University of Lethbridge

Calgary, Thursday, March 1, 2018

Shelf Life Books, 7 p.m. (1302 4th St. SW Calgary)

Red Deer, March 2, 2018

House Reading and Discussion (spaces are filled)

Edmonton, Sunday, March 4, 2018

Audreys Books (Jasper Avenue), 2 p.m. 

Saskatoon, SK, Tuesday, March 6 , 2018

STARS (Student-Teacher Anti-Racism Society), Education Bldg, 4 p.m.

St. Peter’s College, U of S, Muenster, SK, Wednesday, March 7, 2018 

Class visit (Barbara Langhorst) 11 a.m. 

Reading (Public) 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Saskatoon, SK, Thursday, March 8, 2018

English Faculty students, U of S. 1 p.m. 

Reading: McNally Robinson Booksellers, 3130 8th Street East, 7 p.m.

Regina, SK, Saturday, March 10, 2018

Trash Talkin’ Conference, U of R Student Society. Reading and Talk

University of Regina, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Halifax, NS,, Saturday, March 17, 2018

Chapters Halifax (Bayers Lake), 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Dartmouth, NS, Saturday, March 17, 2018

Chapters Dartmouth (Mic Mac Mall), 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lunenburg, NS, Sunday, March 18, 2018

Lexicon Books, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (125 Montage Street)

Life Lines: A Reading and Discussion about family and ancestral stories.


Toronto: Another Story Bookshop (Roncesvalles) Tuesday, January 9th at 7 p.m. 

Halifax Launch: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia Thursday January 18th at 6:30 p.m. Reading and conversation led by Kim Pittaway. All welcome!

Lorri Neilsen Glenn writes poetry and essays (lyric, personal) about grief and loss, family, daily perplexities, her Métis ancestry, feminism, aging, and life as a writer. She has worked as a writing coach and mentor in life writing (loss/grief, crises, change) across Canada and internationally for over twenty years.