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Michael Kusugak

Michael Kusugak

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MICHAEL KUSUGAK grew up in Naujaat (Repulse Bay), NWT (now Nunavut). During his childhood, his family travelled by dog sled, living a traditional Inuit lifestyle. He is the author of nine children’s books, including A Promise Is A Promise; Baseball Bats for Christmas; Hide and Sneak; Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails, My Arctic 1, 2, 3; Arctic Stories;  Who Wants Rocks; and most recently his first novel for children, The Curse of the Shaman, and his latest picture book The Littlest Sled Dog. Michael’s books have received many awards including the Ruth Schwartz Award for Northern Lights the Soccer Trails, and was the Winner of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award in 2008 for a body of work in Children’s Literature. Michael Kusugak recently moved to Valhalla (Arnes), MB from Sooke, BC. Michael continues to write and travel extensively throughout Canada and the world telling stories.



A Promise is a Promise. Annick Press, 1988
Baseball Bats for Christmas. Annick Press, 1990
Hide and Sneak. Annick Press, 1992
Northern Lights the Soccer Trails. Annick Press, 1993
My Arctic 123. Annick Press, 1996
Arctic Stories. Annick Press, 1998
Who Wants Rocks. Annick Press, 1999
The Curse of the Shaman. Harper-Trophy, 2006
The Littlest Sled Dog. Orca Books, 2008
T is for Territories. Sleeping Bear Press, 2013


Ruth Schwarz Award for Children's Literature for Northern Lights The Soccer Trails, 1993
Vicky Metcalf Award for For a body of work, 2008
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Presentation Description

Storytelling Sessions:Michael grew up living in igloos, sod huts, and skin tents. He traveled by dog team following the caribou, or living on the sea ice so that his family can hunt seals, whales, walrus, and catch fish to eat. Michael uses his experiences growing up listening to stories told by his grandmother in his storytelling sessions. He weaves these experiences with experiences of what life was like living a nomadic traditional life of Inuit along with the tremendous change that has occurred in the past 60 years. Michael’s sessions are usually 1 hour in length. Michael can do up to 4 sessions in a school day.

Presentation Length:
one hour
Children's Literature
Audience Size:
70 - 100 age dependant
Workshop Description:

Young Writers Workshops Michael also does young writers workshops. The formats vary depending on the venue, the age and abilities of the participants. The format and fees for these workshops will be negotiated with the event organizers.

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