This Accident of Being Lost: Songs and Stories



This Accident of Being Lost is the knife-sharp new collection of stories and songs from award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. These visionary pieces build upon Simpson's powerful use of the fragment as a tool for intervention in her critically acclaimed collection Islands of Decolonial Love. Provocateur and poet, she continually rebirths a decolonized reality, one that circles in and out of time and resists dominant narratives or comfortable categorization. A crow watches over a deer addicted to road salt; Lake Ontario floods Toronto to remake the world while texting "ARE THEY GETTING IT?"; lovers visit the last remaining corner of the boreal forest; three comrades guerrilla-tap maples in an upper middle-class neighbourhood; and Kwe gets her firearms license in rural Ontario. Blending elements of Nishnaabeg storytelling, science fiction, contemporary realism, and the lyric voice, This Accident of Being Lost burns with a quiet intensity, like a campfire in your backyard, challenging you to reconsider the world you thought you knew.

Product Details

$19.95  $18.35
Publish Date
April 11, 2017
5.5 X 0.3 X 8.3 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Leanne Simpson is the author of three books: Dancing on Our Turtle's Back, The Gift Is In the Making, and Islands of Decolonial Love, and the editor of Lighting the Eighth Fire, This Is An Honour Song (with Kiera Ladner), and The Winter We Danced: Voice from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement (Kino-nda-niimi collective). Leanne holds a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba and has lectured at universities across Canada. She is of Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg ancestry and a member of Alderville First Nation.


Carries the reader along with her urgent, direct address.

The Globe and Mail

a truly creative and heartfelt work

Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review
"Leanne is a gifted writer who brings passion and commitment to her storytelling and who has demonstrated an uncommon ability to manage an impressive range of genres from traditional storytelling to critical analysis, from poetry to spoken word, from literary and social activism to songwriting. She is, in my opinion, one of the more articulate and engaged voices of her generation." -- Thomas King, author of Green Grass, Running Water and The Inconvenient Indian

Praise for Leanne Simpson and Islands of Decolonial Love

"Islands of Decolonial Love is the sort of book I have been looking for all my life -- the kind of book that is going to make me a good writer, a good listener, and goo citizen -- it is going to wake up everything that is brilliant in everyone that reads it." -- Lee Maracle, author of Ravensong and Celia's Song