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Ask the author: Q&A with Jesse Thistle

March 17, 2021

Join BCIT Alumni Relations from an exclusive Q&A interview with Jesse Thistle, author of From the Ashes on March 17, 2021. Participants of the BCIT Alumni Book Club submitted their questions to be shared with Jesse, a unique opportunity to engage with a celebrated author.

Jesse Thistle’s award-winning memoir, From the Ashes, was a #1 national bestseller, and the bestselling book of 2020 by a Canadian author and has remained atop bestseller lists since it was published. From the Ashes was a CBC Canada Reads finalist, an Indigo Best Book of 2019, and the winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Nonfiction, an Indigenous Voices Award, and High Plains Book Award. Jesse Thistle is Métis-Cree and an Assistant Professor at York University in Toronto. He is a PhD candidate in the History program at York where he is working on theories of intergenerational and historic trauma of the Métis people. Jesse has won the P.E. Trudeau and Vanier doctoral scholarships, and he is a Governor General medalist. Jesse is the author of the Definition of Indigenous Homelessness in Canada published through the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, and his historical research has been published in numerous academic journals, book chapters, and featured on CBC Ideas, CBC Campus, and Unreserved. A frequent keynote speaker, Jesse lives in Hamilton with his wife Lucie and is at work on multiple projects including his next book.


March 17, 2021
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