Cherie Dimaline

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Cherie Dimaline
Cherie Dimaline at the Eden Mills Writers Festival in 2016
Dimaline at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2016
Born2 July 1975
GenreFiction, Young adult

Cherie Dimaline is a Canadian Métis writer.[1] She is most noted for her 2017 young adult novel The Marrow Thieves, which explores the continued colonial exploitation of Indigenous people and the land.[2] It won the Governor General's Award for English-language children's literature at the 2017 Governor General's Awards[3] and the 2017 Kirkus Prize in the young adult literature category,[4] and it was a finalist in the CBC's 2018 Canada Reads competition[5] and the 2018 White Pine Award.[6]

She is a member of the Georgian Bay Métis Nation.[1] She won the award for Fiction Book of the Year at the Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival for her first novel, Red Rooms.[7] She has since published the short stories "Seven Gifts for Cedar", the novel The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy,[8] and the short story collection A Gentle Habit.[9]

She was founding editor of Muskrat Magazine, was named the Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier's Awards for Excellence in Arts in 2014, and became the first Aboriginal writer in residence for the Toronto Public Library.[9]

Her newest novel, Empire of Wild, was published in 2019.[10]


  • Red Rooms (2011)
  • The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy (2013)
  • A Gentle Habit (2015)
  • The Marrow Thieves (2017)
  • Empire of Wild (2019)


The Marrow Thieves has been widely acclaimed for its portrayal of Indigenous colonialization and ecological devastation.[11] Furthermore, the book has been lauded for its ability to crossover from YA fiction to adult fiction, especially with its addition to the Canada Reads finalist for 2018.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Cherie Dimaline: ‘My community is where my stories come from and it’s also where my responsibilities lie’". The Globe and Mail, June 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Justice, Daniel Heath (2018). Why Indigenous Literatures Matter. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. p. 132. ISBN 978-1-77112-176-7.
  3. ^ "Governor General Literary Awards announced: Joel Thomas Hynes wins top English fiction prize". CBC News, November 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "Cherie Dimaline wins U.S. Kirkus Prize for The Marrow Thieves". CBC Books, November 3, 2017.
  5. ^ "Meet the Canada Reads 2018 contenders". CBC Books. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Cherie Dimaline". Toronto International Festival of Authors. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  7. ^ "Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival and Book Awards - Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Basil Johnston and Book Award Winners Announced". Canada NewsWire, October 20, 2007.
  9. ^ a b "Q & A with North York library’s writer-in-residence Cherie Dimaline"., June 8, 2015.
  10. ^ Sue Carter, "Author’s foray into adult fiction rooted in magical Métis childhood". Toronto Star, September 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Justice, Daniel Heath (2018). Why Indigenous Literatures Matter. Wilfred Laurier University Press. p. 284. ISBN 9781771121767.
  12. ^ Ramji, Shazia Hafiz. "The Marrow Thieves author Cherie Dimaline remains true to her role as a Métis "storykeeper" amid international acclaim". Quill & Quire. St Joseph Media. Retrieved March 21, 2019.