Welcome to 1BUW 2019!

Image with Text One Book UWinnipeg: A Campus Community Reading Project

This Place: 150 Years Retold -  Book Cover

The Department of English is launching a campus reading event in Fall 2019 called One Book UWinnipeg (1BUW). The “One Book” movement started in 1998 at the Seattle Public Library, and over the past fifteen years numerous cities, communities, and universities have undertaken group reading programs aimed at fostering connections and promoting reading. The book we have selected for this pilot project of 1BUW is This Place: 150 Years Retold, published in March by HighWater Press (an imprint of Winnipeg’s Portage and Main Press) and available to the UW community as a free e-book through the UW Library.

With the support of the President, UWinnipeg Indigenous Affairs, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Arts, the Department of History (Riley Fund), and UWFA, we are organizing a Fall 2019 1BUW program to help build the conversation about Indigenization at UW through a common reading experience. Indigenous writers and artists have embraced comics as a powerful form of storytelling, and this book invites rich conversations about the role of popular culture and the politics of reconciliation. 

Also tied into 1BUW is the traveling art exhibit, When Raven Became Spider, at Gallery 1C03 that runs from September 19 – November 30 The exhibit, which exclusively features art by Indigenous creators, including Joi T. Arcand (Cree), Sonny Assu (Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw), and Shaun Beyale (Navajo), explores the intersection of Indigenous art and stories with contemporary superhero comics. This exhibit, curated by Leena Minifie, a Gitxaala/British artist, writer, and curator based in Vancouver, B.C., and Gallery 1C03 curator Jennifer Gibson, welcomes class visits and tours.