If you haven’t had the chance to read Moccasin Square Gardens, a book of short stories by Richard Van Camp, do yourself a favour and pick up a copy to add to the summer reading list.
Van Camp takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary—from working at the band office for the all-to-often absent chief-for-life to tricking a best bud into doing the household chores—there is fun and love and humour in abundance.
And then there’s the extraordinary made extraterrestrial. Yes, Van Camp writes about our relatives the Sky People that hover above.
But beware, in this book there are also the horrifying stories of the terrifying Wheetago that are the stuff of nightmares. Global warming and our own grasping greed has allowed these creatures to bring great injury to our communities.
And, let’s not forget to mention those scary Man Babies.
Richard Van Camp was born in Fort Smith N.W.T., a member of the Dogrib Dene Nation. He is author of The Lesser Blessed (1996), which was made into a feature film. He lives in Edmonton.
Moccasin Square Gardens Short Stories is 160 pages in length and sells for $19.95.