WEB EXCLUSIVE | Yesterday, students gathered in the Syufy theater to hear author Angeline Boulley speak on her bestselling novel, Firekeeper’s Daughter.
Firekeeper’s Daughter tells the story of Anishinaabe teenager Daunis Fontaine, who becomes involved in an FBI drug case. Boulley describes the novel as an “Indigenous Nancy Drew” story but notes that alongside the mystery, it explores themes of identity and heritage.
“I thought her presentation was fabulous,” junior Anoushka Dadlani said. “Her story was so inspiring, and I thoroughly enjoyed being back in the Syufy Theater after such a long time.”
Freshmen, sophomores and juniors participated in Boulley’s presentation in person in the Syufy Theater, while seniors observed the event virtually from their advisory locations. Students were also invited to attend a more intimate dialogue session with Boulley at 6 p.m.
“I thought Ms. Boulley’s presentation was really interesting and it helped me better understand the work that needs to be done in order to become a successful writer,” freshman Caroline Runneboom said. “I loved hearing her story and learning about what it took her to get to where she is.”
Ms. Boulley is the second visiting author this year. Last semester, Tommy Orange spoke about his book There, There and Kevin Maillard, author of Fry Bread is scheduled to speak on March 29.
“Ms. Boulley gives us a glimpse into some really specific cultural experiences that I have never had the opportunity to read or study about,” Academic Chair of the Library Department Alyson Barrett said. “It is really exciting to see it in a work of fiction but also to see it in a work that portrays a strong young woman and appeals to the age group of our students.”
Every year, the school administration aims to expand dialogue and address larger societal issues through cor unum. This year’s cor unum theme is Native American voices, past, present and future.
“I had not read Firekeeper’s Daughter before Ms. Boulley’s presentation,” Dadlani said. “After hearing her speak, it has certainly jumped to the top of my must-read list.”