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published: March 2011
ISBN:9781897235843
publisher: Thistledown Press

Nobody Cries At Bingo

by Dawn Dumont

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list price: $15.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
category: Fiction
published: March 2011
ISBN:9781897235843
publisher: Thistledown Press
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In Nobody Cries At Bingo, the narrator, Dawn, invites the reader to witness first hand Dumont family life on the Okanese First Nation. Beyond the sterotypes and clichés of Rez dogs, drinking, and bingos, the story of a girl who loved to read begins to unfold. It is her hopes, dreams, and indomitable humour that lay bear the beauty and love within her family. It is her unerring eye that reveals the great bond of family expressed in the actions and affections of her sisters, aunties, uncles, brothers, cousins, nieces, nephews, and ultimately her ancestors.

It's all here - life on the Rez in rich technicolour - as Dawn emerges from home life, through school life, and into the promise of a great future. Nobody Cries At Bingo is a book that embraces cultural differences and does it with the great traditional medicine of laughter.

About the Author
Dawn Dumont is a columnist for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, the Regina Leader-Post, and Eagle Feather News, and is the author of two books, Rose’s Run (2014) and Nobody Cries At Bingo (2011). She has previously written for the Edmonton Journal and CBC Radio, and has worked as a stand-up comic making people laugh at clubs across North America including New York’s Comic Strip, the Comedy Club, the Improv, and Toronto’s Yuk Yuk’s and the Laugh Resort. She lives in Saskatoon.
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Association of Book Publishers of BC
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Nobody Cries at Bingo

This engaging and funny memoir chronicles the author’s experiences growing up on the Okanese First Nation reservation, opening up her experience to outsiders. Dumont manages to convey the mindset of herself as a little girl living in that environment, and she does it with a lot of humour. Through her storytelling, she addresses both the positives and negatives of rez life, all while very much engaging the reader in the story. Dumont’s short stories have been published in anthologies and her play Nicimis was workshopped at the Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival. She is also a stand-up comedian and a program host on APTN.

Caution: Contains some swearing, discussion and descriptions of alcohol and drug use, discussions of a sexual nature.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2013-2014.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Nobody Cries at Bingo

The reader is invited to witness the Dumont family’s life on the Okanese First Nation reserve, as narrated by Dawn herself. As she recounts with wry humour her story of family and school life and off-reserve experiences, the tale of a girl who loves to read begins to unfold. It is her hopes, dreams and incredible humour that reveal to us the beauty and love within her family.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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