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The Reason You Walk: A Memoir Hardcover – September 29, 2015
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#1 Globe and Mail Nonfiction Bestseller
A Toronto Star Nonfiction Bestseller
Finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize
Shortlisted for the Ontario Library Service North 2017 Louise de Kiriline Award for Nonfiction
“Witness the thrilling rise of not only a First Nations star but a Canadian one. The Reason You Walk points the way toward a new era of reconciliation and redemption - and shows us how a man who's anchored by his language, his culture and his family is unstoppable.”—Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda
"Brutally honest, original, funny, uncomfortable, and compelling.” —RBC Taylor Prize Jury Citation
“This book combines Kinew’s disarming personality and his willingness to share highly personal material – in this case, the life and death of his father, Tobasonakwut – to demonstrate the immense power of family and forgiveness as tools of reconciliation… This is not just a memoir, it’s a meditation on the purpose of living.” —The Globe and Mail
“His story has no filters. It pursues forgiveness, but not by running away from the ugliness that makes forgiveness necessary.” —Quill & Quire
About the Author
WAB KINEW was named by Postmedia News as one of "9 Aboriginal movers and shakers you should know." He is the Associate Vice-President for Indigenous Relations at The University of Winnipeg and a correspondent with Al-Jazeera America. After successfully defending Joseph Boyden's The Orenda on CBC's Canada Reads literary competition, he was named the 2015 host. In 2012, he also hosted the acclaimed CBC-TV documentary series 8th Fire. His hip-hop music and journalism projects have won numerous awards. He is a member of the Midewin. Wab is also an Honourary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. He lives in Winnipeg with his family. Online: https://twitter.com/wabkinew https://www.facebook.com/WabKinew http://www.wabkinew.ca/ https://instagram.com/wabber/
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His is a book about family, forgiveness, healing, reconciliation, and most of all, love, an all-embracing love. It is educational; it is needed. I am very grateful that Mr. Kinew shared his heart the way he did in this book, laying it open, bare. His closing passage is indeed the reason we all should walk.