Book Club

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The Arts and Science Book Club

2019 Arts and Science Book Club selection:

The Break by Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, will visit the University of Saskatchewan for two Arts and Science Book Club events in March.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Book Club Reading and Discussion: The Break
2–3:30 pm
Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre
5 Campus Dr., Saskatoon, SK

Katherena Vermette: My Writing Life*
Q&A, book sale and signing to follow
7–8:45 pm
Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building
107 Administration Pl., Saskatoon, SK
RSVP for My Writing Life

These events are free and open to the public.
*My Writing Life will be livestreamed on this webpage.

Katherena Vermette

About Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses Company), won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her novel The Break (House of Anansi) was a bestseller in Canada and won multiple awards, including the 2017 First Novel Award.

About The Break

Katherena Vermette’s debut novel The Break is the 2019 Arts and Science Book Club selection. Called “an incredible feat of storytelling” by The Globe and Mail, the book uses a series of shifting narratives to tell an intergenerational family saga. The Break won the 2017 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature, and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize and Canada Reads.

Content warning: This book is about recovering and healing from violence. It contains scenes of sexual and physical violence, and depictions of vicarious trauma.

About the Arts and Science Book Club

The Arts and Science Book Club brings together the entire College of Arts and Science in the study of a chosen book, culminating in a visit by the author. The college encourages students, staff and faculty to read the book in anticipation of the author's visit, and asks faculty to incorporate the book into their courses wherever possible.

Book Club selections are chosen by a committee from nominations submitted by faculty, staff, students and alumni of the College of Arts and Science.

Past Book Club Authors

The Break book cover Cover Image of The Break © 2016 by Katherena Vermette. Reproduced with permission of House of Anansi Press Inc., Toronto.

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