Disrupting Literature: Facilitating Indigenous Book Clubs


  • Deniz Ozgan University of Alberta
  • Emily Kroeker University of Alberta




Indigenous literatures, book clubs, Indigenous programming, community engagement, relationality, emotional labour


Book clubs are typically spaces in which individuals can discuss their favourite young adult novel or interrogate controversial topics from best-selling non-fiction. At the same time, book clubs, and the literature read within, can also be used as tools of assimilation used to push political and social agendas. But what if the same book clubs that promote assimilation and conformity, privileging some literatures and forms above others, could be used as spaces to create new communities that celebrate other literatures? Book clubs can be a potential space for the discussion of lesser-known and suppressed Indigenous literatures while creating communities. However, facilitating Indigenous book clubs requires conscious planning and preparation to ensure that the book clubs engage with Indigenous literatures in an appropriate way. Additionally, facilitators, depending on the mandate, need to be in partnership with Indigenous communities to ensure that book clubs are the right program to incorporate. As such, this presentation will provide best practices for facilitating Indigenous book clubs, including topics such as determining book club mandates, selecting literatures, interpreting Indigenous texts, and creating respectful environments. 




How to Cite

Ozgan, D., & Kroeker, E. . (2020). Disrupting Literature: Facilitating Indigenous Book Clubs. Pathfinder: A Canadian Journal for Information Science Students and Early Career Professionals, 1(1), 26–32. https://doi.org/10.29173/pathfinder18