McClelland & Stewart publisher Jared Bland has acquired Canadian English rights to Griffin-Poetry-Prize-winner Jordan Abel‘s non-fiction debut, NISHGA, for publication in Spring 2020.

NISHGA is a deeply personal and autobiographical book that attempts to address the complications of contemporary Indigenous existence. Drawing on autobiography, a series of interconnected documents (including pieces of memoir, transcriptions of talks, and photography), the book explores the ways in which the colonial violence originating at the Coqualeetza Indian Residential School impacted Abel’s grandparent’s generation, then his father’s generation, and ultimately his own generation.

The deal was arranged by Stephanie Sinclair on exclusive submission.