In 1990 Rene Highway, a world-renowned dancer, died of an AIDS-related illness. 'Permanent Astonishment' is Tomson Highway's extravagant embrace of his younger brother's final words: "Dont mourn me, be joyful." Infused with joy and outrageous humour, this book offers insights into the Cree experience of culture, conquest and survival. Highway lives in northern Ontario and Gatineau, QC. A Dewey Diva Pick. Book Club.