Karen McBride is an Algonquin Anishinaabe writer from the Timiskaming First Nation in the territory that is now Quebec. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in music and English, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa and an M.A. in creative writing from the University of Toronto.
Crow Winter is her debut novel. It follows the story of Hazel, a young Algonquin woman who returns home to her reservation, Spirit Bear Point First Nation, to reconcile the death of her father and the legacy left in his wake. She discovers that the quarry that’s been sitting unsullied for over a century on her father’s property is stirring the old magic that crosses the boundaries between this world and the next. With the aid of the trickster, Nanabush, Hazel begins to unravel a web of deceit that, if left untouched, could destroy her family and her home on both sides of the Medicine Wheel.
Karen works as an elementary school teacher on her home reserve.
Author Patron: Alison and Candice Clark
Appearing in: 4. Ghosts, Truths, and the Power Within