From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless and Finding My Way

Online-Lesung und -Gespräch mit Autor Jesse Thistle, Toronto, CAN

In this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir, Jesse Thistle, once a high school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar, chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is.

Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, Jesse Thistle briefly found himself in the foster-care system with his two brothers, cut off from all they had known. Eventually the children landed in the home of their paternal grandparents, but their tough-love attitudes meant conflicts became commonplace. And the ghost of Jesse’s drug-addicted father haunted the halls of the house and the memories of every family member. Struggling, Jesse succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, spending more than a decade on and off the streets, often homeless. One day, he finally realized he would die unless he turned his life around.

In this heartwarming and heartbreaking memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful experiences with abuse, uncovering the truth about his parents, and how he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family through education. An eloquent exploration of what it means to live in a world surrounded by prejudice and racism and to be cast adrift, From the Ashes is, in the end, about how love and support can help one find happiness despite the odds.

Jesse Thistle, author of From the Ashes joins this month's #IndigenousReads book club on August 12, 2020 by Zoom. From the Ashes is a memoir about hope and resilience, and a revelatory look into the colonial policies which are, still today, impacting Indigenous people in North America. The author, Jesse Thistle, joins us to talk about his book and explain the crucial work he's doing in Métis/Cree history and fighting Indigenous homelessness. 

 #IndigenousReads at UniFreiburg is a monthly student book club dedicated to contemporary Indigenous literature. It is based in the Department of North American Studies, and runs in partnership with the American Library at the Carl-Schurz-Haus where the books are available for loan.

This event takes place online, via Zoom, on August 12, 2020 at 6pm. It is free and open to all Freiburg and Carl-Schurz-Haus readers. For more info and to register, simply email lenaremykovach@gmail.com 

We look forward to having you there with Jesse Thistle! 

Mi, 12.Aug.2020 um 18:00