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The Reason You Walk: A Memoir
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Invoking hope, healing, and forgiveness, The Reason You Walk is a poignant story of a towering but damaged father and his son as they repair their family bond. By turns lighthearted and solemn, Kinew creates an inspiring vision of family, cross-cultural reconciliation, and of the future of Aboriginal peoples.

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Wab Kinew (pron- WOB ka-NOO) is a one-of-a-kind talent, named by the National Post as "an aboriginal leader seeking to engage with Canadians at large". He is the Associate Vice-President for Indigenous Relations at The University of Winnipeg. In 2014, Wab successfully defended Joseph Boyden's The Orenda on CBC's Canada Reads literary competition. In 2012, he hosted the acclaimed documentary series 8th Fire. His hip-hop music and journalism projects have won numerous awards. He has a BA in Economics, is completing a Masters degree in Indigenous Governance and is a member of the Midewin. Wab is also an Honourary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

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#1 Globe and Mail Nonfiction Bestseller
A Toronto Star Nonfiction Bestseller
Finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize
Shortlisted for the Ontario Library Service North 2017 Louise de Kiriline Award for Nonfiction


"Witness the thrilling rise of not only a First Nations star but a Canadian one. The Reason You Walk points the way toward a new era of reconciliation and redemption - and shows us how a man who's anchored by his language, his culture and his family is unstoppable."-Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda

"Brutally honest, original, funny, uncomfortable, and compelling." -RBC Taylor Prize Jury Citation

"This book combines Kinew's disarming personality and his willingness to share highly personal material - in this case, the life and death of his father, Tobasonakwut - to demonstrate the immense power of family and forgiveness as tools of reconciliation... This is not just a memoir, it's a meditation on the purpose of living." -The Globe and Mail

"His story has no filters. It pursues forgiveness, but not by running away from the ugliness that makes forgiveness necessary." -Quill & Quire

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