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Author Event | Angeline Boulley


Wednesday April 6, 2022: 7:00pm to 8:00pm  Add to Calendar /   Add to Google Calendar


Downtown Library: Lobby


This recorded program is available for viewing through April 21st, 2022.

Angeline Boulley, The New York Times bestselling author, visits AADL to discuss her debut novel—the winner of the 2022 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature—Firekeeper's Daughter.

An instant #1 NYT bestseller, Firekeeper's Daughter is a groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community. 

Angeline Boulley's critically acclaimed novel has been named the William C. Morris YA Debut Novel (2022), a Walter Dean Myers — Outstanding Children's Literature title (Teen Category, 2022), and an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor book (YA, 2022).  At present, Michelle and Barack Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions, is working with Angeline Boulley to develop the novel for a Netflix limited series.


Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Angeline lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island.  

Masks are recommended. On the day of the event participants will be asked to sign in, one sign-in per group: Event Sign-In.

This event includes a signing and books will be for sale.

ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided for this event.


I loved the book! Reading a Michigan-centric novel with locations I have visited makes the story even more relatable. I was instantly drawn to the main character and her family whose traditions (tho not my traditions) were interesting and seemed authentic. I now understand a little bit about the Native American significance of offering tobacco. Although this is a YA book and I am almost 70, the book held my attention and the teenage aspects didn’t stop me from enjoying the book. I attended a Zoom author presentation about the book via the Bridge Michigan book club so I’ve seen the author speak. Ms Bouley is a cogent and intelligent author. I hope she will continue to write more. I am a fan.