Dawn Dumont

Dawn Dumont is a Plains Cree comedian and actor born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada. She says of her reservation, the Okanese First Nation, that it  is "quite possibly the smallest reservation in the world but what it doesn’t have in terms of land area, the people make up for in sheer head size". Dawn has made people laugh at comedy clubs across North American, including New York’s Comic Strip, the New York Comedy Club, and the Improv. She began her comedy career in Toronto on stages such as Yuk Yuk’s and the Laugh Resort. Dawn is currently a comedy writer for CBC Radio and the Edmonton Journal, and is a Story Editor for By the Rapids, an animation comedy series on APTN.


Her writing has been published in the anthologies Native Women in the Arts and Gatherings, as well as in Rampage Literary Journal. Her personal essay “Transformations” was published by Toronto’s Now Magazine. Most recently her play, Nicimis (Little Brother) was workshopped at Native Earth’s Performing Arts Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival in Toronto, with artistic director Alanis King. Dumont lives in Saskatoon.


Books


 

novel
200 pages / paper

Available in the US
World Rights Available


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REVIEWS

 

Nobody Cries At Bingo
 

ISBN: 978-1-897235-84-3

In Nobody Cries At Bingo, the narrator, Dawn, invites the reader to witness first hand Dumont family life on the Okanese First Nation. Beyond the sterotypes and clichés of Rez dogs, drinking, and bingos, the story of a girl who loved to read begins to unfold. It is her hopes, dreams, and indomitable humour that lay bear the beauty and love within her family. It is her unerring eye that reveals the great bond of family expressed in the actions and affections of her sisters, aunties, uncles, brothers, cousins, nieces, nephews, and ultimately her ancestors.

It’s all here — life on the Rez in rich technicolour — as Dawn emerges from home life, through school life, and into the promise of a great future. Nobody Cries At Bingo embraces cultural differences and does it with the great traditional medicine of laughter.

  • Shortlisted for the 2013-14 First Nation Communities READ Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2012 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2012 Alberta Readers Choice Award
  • Chosen for inclusion in the Best Books for Kids and Teens 2012 edition (starred selection)

 

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