Dawn Dumont grew up on the Okanese First Nation in southern Saskatchewan. She has an impressively diverse body of work, including stints as a stand-up comedian, actor, journalist, scriptwriter and playwright.
Her critically acclaimed novels, Nobody Cries at Bingo and Rose’s Run, have garnered numerous award nominations, with Rose’s Run winning the 2015 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction. Both books are renowned for their well-drawn characters and for being laugh-out-loud funny.
Her latest novel, Glass Beads, takes a more serious turn as it follows four young First Nations characters during the 1990s—the first generation to live most of their lives off reserve. Dumont shows a deft and compassionate hand in portraying conflicted and vulnerable characters as they face racism and injustice while maintaining their humanity. Well-paced, and with smart dialogue, Glass Beads is a book for the times and reveals Dumont as a deeply skilled writer.