Never Whistle at Night: Indigenous Dark Fiction

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Never Whistle at Night: Indigenous Dark Fiction

By TPLCulture

Bestselling authors Mona Susan Power, Richard Van Camp, and David Heska Wanbli Weiden join author and editor Theodore C. Van Alst Jr. to discuss their shiver-inducing tales from a bold new collection of Indigenous dark fiction that dares ask the question: “Are you ready to be un-settled?”

Many Indigenous people believe that one should never whistle at night. This belief takes many forms, but what all these legends hold in common is the certainty that whistling at night can cause evil spirits to appear—and even follow you home.

Never Whistle at Night introduces us to ghosts, curses, hauntings, monstrous creatures, complex family legacies, desperate deeds, and chilling acts of revenge. These stories are a celebration of Indigenous peoples’ survival and imagination, and a glorious reveling in all the things an ill-advised whistle might summon.

Mona Susan Power, Richard Van Camp, and David Heska Wanbli Weiden talk with Theodore C. Van Alst Jr. about this bold, clever, and sublimely sinister collection.

About this event’s guests:
Mona Susan Power
Richard Van Camp
David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.

Read more:
Never Whistle at Night
A Council of Dolls
Gather: Richard Van Camp on Storytelling
Winter Counts
Sacred Smokes: Stories


This event is part of our signature Salon Series, where we host local and international authors, artists and thinkers in conversation about their new books and big ideas.

It is also part of our Indigenous Celebrations series, generously supported by TD Bank Group, through the TD Ready Commitment.


Toronto Public Library is committed to accessibility. Please call or email us if you are Deaf or have a disability and would like to request accommodation to participate in this program. Please let us know as far in advance as possible and we will do our best to meet your request. At least three weeks’ notice is preferred. Phone 416-393-7099 or email [email protected].

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