BRANTFORD — Sara General and Elizabeth Doxtator opened a joint book launch at the Woodland Cultural Centre on Friday, November 16, to reveal their two additions to the library of indigenous novels.
General thrives as a writer, an artist and a language learner and her novel Pride and Rezjudice is an adaptation of the classic written by Jane Austen. She utilized the classic love story and rewrote it with an indigenous perspective in a way that refreshes the tale and includes community, land and language.
Doxtator is considered an exceptional cornhusk artist, beadwork artist, painter and writer. Her collection of stories titled Dreamfast, A Trail of Stories to Lead You Home is a book that gathers and bundles snapshots of Haudenosaunee history, stories and life on the reserve into one.
Visitors to the launch were welcome to purchase the books in tandem as well as to enjoy a light feast while the duo provided a question and answer session and performed readings of pieces from their novels.
At times emotional and at times humorous, the launch reflected the authors personalities in a light that could only be mirrored in their writing.