March 22nd 2017

Wake the Stone Man -  winner of  the 2017 Fry Academy Award

Carol McDougall chats with Northrop Frye while holding her "Norrie" award

Carol McDougall chats with Northrop Frye while holding her "Norrie" award

This book is profoundly readable, even when it is uncomfortable.  I drank in every word and was affected by every page.  I learned about certain Canadian history - the good, the bad, the horrendous.  You live this book while you read it.  And that is the best kind of book there is. Who should read it? Every Canadian. Every woman. Every First Nations person. Everyone. 


"A difficult, powerful story of friendship and hard truths, Wake the Stone Man is a raw and important Canadian story."

(full interview)

McDougall visits Bookclubs

“Thoroughly enjoyed our conversation with Carol McDougall! Her beautifully rendered novel asks us to contemplate uncomfortable truths, and to consider the journeys through them to a place of love and compassion.”

Paula Sarson, Halifax book group member

"Stone Man is masterful, rich, profound, and important. I loved it and am in awe."

 -author, Jill Bryant

"Like a haunted house, outsiders were curious about these schools, but avoided speaking about them, because the truth was  too scary to imagine. "


It helps us to see that being a silent witness to any type of social injustice is no longer acceptable. We need to ‘Wake the Stone Man’ within us all.
Wake the Stone Man is a love story...the heart of the story is the enduring friendship and estrangement between Molly and Nikina.