Local author’s book now in print

After 18 months of writing and nine more waiting on revisions and typesetting, local resident Calvin Morrisseau can now say he’s a published author.
“Into the Daylight–A Wholistic Approach to Healing” (University of Toronto Press) went to print in May, with copies hitting bookstores in mid-July.
“Into the Daylight,” a 104-page cross-cultural teaching manual, deals with making empowering choices as an individual despite tragedy, and the responsibility of family and community in developing positive value and support systems for its members.
Morrisseau, who is Couchiching’s new health and social services manager, called his book a “user-friendly” guide to personal wellness, borne of experiences and philosophies learned through his triumph over physical and sexual abuse, and assimilation.
“It felt really good. I felt I had accomplished something,” he said late last week when recalling the day he saw his writing bound in paperback.
But as Morrisseau noted, with a note of humour, his complimentary copies of the book weren’t the ones he saw first.
“It’s kind of funny because I had ordered 100 for myself and they came first,” he smiled. “I had to buy some before I received my [personal] copies.”
Realizing “Into the Daylight” was finally on bookstore shelves also was a moment of revelation for Morrisseau–one which brought a degree of closure to the healing journey he had been on for some time.
“It was very fulfilling to have made all those experiences something positive,” he smiled. “It was a validation for me that all the things I have learned in life on a personal level meant something . . . and came full circle.”
Morrisseau and the U of T Press launched the book in Sudbury this summer, and it has since achieved sales on both a national and international level. His book tour schedule includes stops in Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Winnipeg.
Copies of the book can be purchased here through Morrisseau at 274-3228.
Meanwhile, Morrisseau’s stab at writing isn’t stopping with the publishing of “Into the Daylight.” He’s busy compiling a manuscript which deals with native youth addictions and treatment procedures.
He also is editing a screenplay for a feature-length movie called “Dream Walkers,” written by a Sudbury local.