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Katherena Vermette

The 2018-19 Arts and Science Book Club

The Break by Katherena Vermette was the official selection of the 2018-19 Arts and Science Book Club.

On March 18, 2019, Katherena Vermette visited the College of Arts and Science for a series of events. The author met with the students of Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways in the morning, spoke about her book The Break at a public discussion at Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre in the afternoon, and delivered a talk about her life as an author at Convocation Hall in the evening.

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 LoveSongs (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.

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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