Our historian team is back with another episode of Museum Chat Live! dedicated to our Books & Brews book club. This month, we’re reading The Diviners.
Since Margaret Laurence’s Can-Lit stalwart novel is so incredibly rich of historical themes, we had to pick just one to talk about on our podcast. The choice wasn’t difficult, though, and we spent this episode talking about the historiography of Louis Riel and the Metis peoples of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
We were not able to include some of the interesting interviews with Margaret Laurence in the podcast audio, but please do have a look through the footnotes to this episode and take a listen to her and her stories behind the novel and its themes.
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- Margaret Laurence on the end of the Manawaka Cycle: CBC Radio One Sunday Supplement, 1974.
- Margaret Laurence book The Diviners is banned: CBC The National, 1985.
- Margaret Laurence responds to censorship: CBC Midday, 1985.
- Historica’s Louis Riel Heritage Minute.
- Keeping It Riel: CBC’s The Next Chapter.
- Louis Riel Opera: Canadian Opera Company