Two spirit/Indigiqueer author Joshua Whitehead makes waves with ‘Jonny Appleseed’

Joshua Whitehead

By Victoria Ahearn THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO -Calgary author Joshua Whitehead says he thinks Canadian/Indigenous literature is in the midst of a major shift as his novel “Jonny Appleseed’’ makes waves on the book-awards circuit. On Wednesday, “Jonny Appleseed’’ (Arsenal Pulp Press) was named a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction, after making the long list for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The story follows a week in the life of Jonny Appleseed, a two-spirit/Indigiqueer teen and cybersex worker who is unabashed in his promiscuity in Manitoba. Whitehead, an Oji-Cree storyteller and academic who hails from Peguis First Nation on Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba, also identifies as two-spirit/Indigiqueer. He defines two-spirit as a “pan-Indigenous’’ term that can mean anything from sexual identity and orientation to gender identity…

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