S Minsos has written three novels, preceded by two theoretical books. Coming soon: Weird Tit-for-tat: the game of our lives for ordinary people.
Her third book is historical fiction, Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos, set in pre-Confederation Canada. In 1845-46, Southern Ontario is part of the United Province of Canada, and at the time it is known as Canada West.
Minsos’ fourth and fifth books continue the narrative (trilogy) of Squire Davis and Jennet Ferguson, and cousins, Jeddah Golden and Nellah Blaize Golden. A host of peripheral historical characters inform the canvas, and they are recorded at the beginning of each book.
In book two Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos: the Battle of Vinegar Hill we meet another seminal character, Irishwoman, Bride Munny. The Irish famine, the clearance of “coloureds” from the village of Brantford, starvation on the Six Nations Grand River Settlement, and the clash between Haudenosaunee and the scandalous Grand River Navigation Company, provide the historical moments.
Book three Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos: Charter sets the stage in Indiana, Ontario––where David Thompson l of Ruthven Park, and the Grand River Navigation Company, practise their sculduggery.
Ruthven Hall @ Indiana, Ontario, inside the Haldimand Grant
Minsos hails from Brantford, Ontario. She received her BA from Western University, her MA and PhD from the University of Alberta. Until she took up writing full-time, Minsos lectured in, coordinated and helped develop the interdisciplinary Canadian Studies program at the University of Alberta. MacEwan University selected her as writer-in-residence, 2014. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
(From the Aboriginal Education Centre at MacEwan University a warm greeting. “We welcome MacEwan University’s writer in residence, S Minsos, who will discuss her journey of writing in Sky Walker: Tehawennihárhos, the first book in her Mohawk trilogy. Tea and bannock will be served.”)
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