If the print media are dead, someone forgot to tell Randy Fred. In the face of all the doom and gloom about the future of magazines and newspapers, the Nanaimo publisher, accountant and champion lawn bowler (that's him above, in a photo by Brian Howell) has launched a new magazine about Aboriginal life and culture called FACE.
Randy is the founder of Theytus Books, one of the first Aboriginal-owned book publishers in the country, not to mention the contributor of a foreward to my book The Imaginary Indian, published in 1992. In the foreward he writes about his own encounter with the power of Indian stereotyping as a residential school student in Alberni. I recall being on a radio show in Winnipeg chatting about the book and all the host wanted to talk about was Randy's foreward, not my book at all. Randy still gets a good laugh about it whenever I see him.
Anyway, the first issue of Randy's latest venture, FACE, came off the presses this summer. It contains an interview with Buffy Sainte-Marie, book and music reviews, short fiction and much more. "We came up with the name FACE by playing with acronyms of our focus areas: food sovereignty, arts, culture and education," writes Randy.
Look for it on your newsstands or visit the website here.