What is your latest release and what genre is it? Black Apple, a novel
Quick description: Torn from her home and delivered to St. Mark’s Residential School for Girls by government decree, young Rose Marie finds herself in an alien universe where nothing of her previous life is tolerated, not even her Blackfoot name. For she has entered into the world of the Sisters of Brotherly Love, an order of nuns dedicated to saving the indigenous children from damnation. Set during the Second World War and the 1950s, Black Apple is an unforgettable, vividly rendered novel about two very different women whose worlds collide: an irrepressible young Blackfoot girl whose spirit cannot be destroyed, and an aging yet powerful nun who increasingly doubts the value of her life.
Joan Crate’s second novel, Black Apple, has just been published by Simon and Schuster. She has also published three books of poetry and been short-listed for several awards including the Pat Lowther Award, the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, the Canadian Authors’ Association Poetry Book of the Year, the Commonwealth Book Award and the Books in Canada First Novel Award. She lives in Calgary.
Links to buy Joan’s book:
Simon & Schuster Canada
From Metro News: Joan Crate tackles the residential school legacy in new novel
From The Calgary Herald: Calgary novelist Joan Crate examines residential schools in coming-of-age novel Black Apple
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a poetry book and doing some character work in fiction. I’m hoping it will develop into another novel, but at this point, it’s a bit early to tell.
Joan’s reading recommendation:
I really loved Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. That led me to her other books only to find that she writes detective fiction as well as literary novels Her Jackson Brodie books are the best detective fiction I’ve ever read!