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Winner, Lambda Literary Award; Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction

Finalist, Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction; Amazon Canada First Novel Award; Indigenous Voices Award; Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award; Firecracker Award for Fiction

Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

A tour-de-force debut novel about a Two-Spirit Indigiqueer young man and proud NDN glitter princess who must reckon with his past when he returns home to his reserve.

“You're gonna need a rock and a whole lotta medicine” is a mantra that Jonny Appleseed, a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer, repeats to himself in this vivid and utterly compelling debut novel by poet Joshua Whitehead. 

Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Self-ordained as an NDN glitter princess, Jonny has one week before he must return to the “rez” - and his former life - to attend the funeral of his stepfather. The seven days that follow are like a fevered dream: stories of love, trauma, sex, kinship, ambition, and the heartbreaking recollection of his beloved kokum (grandmother). Jonny's life is a series of breakages, appendages, and linkages - and as he goes through the motions of preparing to return home, he learns how to put together the pieces of his life. 

Jonny Appleseed is a unique, shattering vision of First Nations life, full of grit, glitter, and dreams. 

Bespeak Audio Editions brings Canadian voices to the world with audiobook editions of some of the country’s greatest works of literature, performed by Canadian actors.

©2018 Joshua Whitehead (P)2019 Bespeak Audio Editions

Ce que les critiques en disent

"If we're lucky, we'll find one or two books in a lifetime that change the language of story, that manage to illuminate new curves in the flat vessels of old letters and words. This is one of those books. Jonny Appleseed gifts us with clarity in the shape of sharp, and medicine in the guise of soft - and a sexy, powerful, broken, beautiful hero who has enough capacity in the dent of a clavicle to hold all the tears of his family. This book gives us back the land of curb and field, trailer and ledge, and the community - in all its rusted and complicated glory. Most importantly, this book gifts us with the opportunity to hear the innovative and the ancient in the prose of a new literary goddess, Joshua Whitehead." (Cherie Dimaline, author of The Marrow Thieves)

"Jonny Appleseed weaponizes story to bring the rez (and urban rez) to life, shrouding its characters in luminous layers so they're neither good nor bad but immersed in worlds and words. Unflinching and intimate, Joshua Whitehead takes his readers on a journey to the heart of an NDN glitter princess with generous, swooning prose. Unforgettable." (Eden Robinson, author of Son of a Trickster)

"With only seven days until he returns home for his stepfather's funeral, Appleseed spends a pyretic week attempting to reconcile the competing factions of his life: sex, friends, work, sex, family, identity, sex. Throughout, memories of his kokum (grandmother) intrude upon the chaos, and these unexpected moments of remembrance prove most striking. A radically original new voice." (Booklist)

Featured Article: Finding the Canadian Voice That Speaks To You

The Canadian voice is a powerful, distinct and rich one. From the First Nations and those that have lived in Canada for generations to new immigrants, the tapestry that makes up Canada from Nova Scotia, to Toronto, Winnipeg to Vancouver and every city in between is a colourful combination of people, voices and stories. Whether you’re searching for a relatable experience or seeking to hear a new perspective of this country we love, we’ve compiled a list of 10 amazing audiobooks by Canadian authors to help you find the voice that speaks to you.

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Ce que les auditeurs disent de Jonny Appleseed

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bought without review

lol I was shocked when I got the point of the story.. but I can see how hard it might be for a gay ndn man in a straight world. it was a good story.. but it was a long wait for him to get home lol

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raw and emotional

this is not a book I would ordinarily read, however in listening to the author's reading of this story I could feel the anger, frustration and love come through. This book is raw in it's telling of Indigenous reality with regards to stigma and treatment by others who just don't care to get to know or understand. And also how as two spirited people are sometimes not even embraced by their own communities and families. This book is great to show the more difficult side of living on the fringes of 'normal' society and how cruel life can sometimes be.

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Buy this book!!!

This writer amazed me, telling the story of Jonny with so much depth, grit, sensuality, vulnerability, humour and poetry.
It’s told in such an insightful and authentic way, the characters just felt so real.
Highly recommend 💜

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Poetry in Motion

Beautifully written. Engaging story. Enlightening and informative. I went back and forth from the audio book to the written page, and was enraptured with the dialog.

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Wowza!

Joshua Whitehead has a brazen style of writing that I am here for!
Completely open and remorseless in his storytelling.
He delivered the most beautiful writing, in some of the most disturbing moments.
I cannot wait to read more of his work!

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Great Surprise

I finished this book really quick! As a straight indigenous women, it was such a beautifully written story that gave me insight on 2spirited beings, and the power and grief carried.. beautiful, glad I found this one.

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wow!!

Everything about this audiobook and story is amazing!! Definitely some spicy moments in the story!! Just the book the world needs right now ❤️❤️

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One of my all time favorite books

A poetically written, powerful story about an indigenous, two-spirited youth, his struggles alongside his spiritual foundation nurtured by the women in his life. I listened to it twice back to back. The author, Joshua Whitehead, is an academic as well as a slam poet. The recording is beautifully engineered and read. It's a fantastic listening experience.

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I liked it more than I expected!

Jonny Appleseed is poetic and sexy while it tells stories and brings awareness. A great read!

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Sooo gooood

This is a very special book by an amazing author. His narration is so beautiful. The stories of his grandmother and mother, his lover and the rez are poignant, beautiful, insightful and endearing. Other reviews have said it all. I am so glad I listened to it.

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  • doug jarvie
  • 2021-05-08

Open Door

Think of this book as an invitation into the way of life of someone you have just met. The door has been opened and you can cautiously enter into the home of a culture and belief system that exists in parallel with the teachings and beliefs of your home and culture. Be brave and open your mind to learn.

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  • Kris De Leon
  • 2021-03-17

Incredible!

This is a beautiful & inspiring book filled with love & pain & moments that will open you up, make you laugh & cry & will stick with you long after the story has finished.

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  • John M Sneezy
  • 2020-11-11

My first Two Spirit themed book/Audible! Awesome!

I can relate to so many of the situations in this book! took me back to my younger days and conquering my own stigma of being Two Spirit!

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  • 2020-10-16

Meegwetch che Meegwetch

I wept more within this book than I have in a long time, Meegwetch.

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  • Alexander Relihan
  • 2020-07-13

a perfect and healing story

Johnny Appleseed is a story that needs to be shared. It's one that holds so much love and humor and power, even as it tells of pain and grief and loss. it's about the power of 2S and queer love to heal and to help reconcile the pain of the past and the love of the present. please read it okay?

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  • Paul
  • 2020-02-06

Amazing

Joshua tells a many stories in one story that offers truth-telling and acceptance to all who enter.

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  • greg smith
  • 2021-11-06

painfull and slow

I tried to like this book, I mean really tried. given it's about gay life and native Americans, but finally gave up. I'm not sure how this book even made into print.

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  • Janet Clarke Bell
  • 2021-07-05

What an amazing story

Thank you Joshua for introducing me to your two-spirit world. Your story was poetic, humorous, eye-opening but it didn’t avoid the pain and suffering in your community. I am recommending it to all my friends.

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  • raymond
  • 2019-11-26

this is what story is long and self-hating

I listen to as long as I can but it's all about hitting oneself and selling your body and just old negativity.