University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: June 2017
Features: Glossary
Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords: Inuit Literature / Short Stories / Canadian Literature
Subject(s): FICTION / Short Stories (single author), FICTION / Native American & Aboriginal, Inuit Literature / Short Stories / Canadian Literature, Short stories
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Norma Dunning. Norma Dunning is an Inuit writer, scholar, researcher, and grandmother who grew up experiencing a silenced form of Aboriginality in the southern areas of Canada. When she began to write about her own ancestors, her Inukness became evident. Her creative work keeps her most grounded in the traditional Inuit ways of knowing and being. She lives in Edmonton.

"Dunning’s stories, nuanced and deeply felt, reach deep into the heart of what it means to be Inuit, into the sacred place where the songs of the north are still sung, visions are still seen, and the spirits still speak. From this place, it is possible to laugh at those who come to destroy. From this place, dignity is maintained and the connection to the turning of the seasons is unbroken. Together with grief for what has been lost, there is power and light in these stories." [Full review at https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/annie-muktuk-and-other-stories/]

Kristine Morris, Foreword Magazine


"When I read the article, 'What inspired her was getting mad,' about the story behind Norma Dunning’s debut collection, Annie Mukluk and Other Stories, I was not surprised. Acts of justice and revenge factor throughout the book, propelling the stories so terrifically. Dunning wrote her stories in response to ethnographic representations of Inuit people that neglected to show them as actual people, and the result is a book that’s really extraordinary. Because her people are so real, people who laugh, and joke, and drink, and have sex (and they have a lot of sex)." [Full post at http://picklemethis.com/2017/08/02/annie-muktuk-and-other-stories-by-norma-dunning]

Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This


"Although [Dunning] deals with serious contemporary realities for Inuit people, she manages to work in moments of humour that flesh out her characters, making them fully realized and complex.”

Matthew Stepanic, Where.ca


# 10 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, September 24, 2017


# 6 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, October 01, 2017


# 10 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, October 22, 2017


"A successful short story takes us to unfamiliar places, and the 16 stories in this collection certainly fill that bill. It’s a journey deep into Inuit life, with tales of Inuk of all shapes, genders and ages. The title story is at turns funny, violent and cunning: Jimmy tries to convince best friend Moses to stay away from the glorious Annie Muktuk, an arnaluk (naughty woman, according to the glossary) who will cause him grief. [Full article at https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2017/11/24/new-reads-for-short-story-lovers.html]

Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star

ISBNs: 9781772122978 978-1-77212-297-8 Title: annie muktuk and other stories