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Katherena Vermette's The Break book launch

For Metis writer/ poet/ filmmaker and Indigenous Writers Collective member, it's been one busy fall for Katherena Vermette.
Having seen the release of not one but two documentary films and the launch of her first novel The Break. The launch was held of her book based in Winnipeg a packed McNally Robinson's in early October.

Vermette won the Governor General's Award for English-language poetry in 2013 for her collection North End Love Songs for those who don't know.?

And her first novel was also nominated for a 2016 Governor General's Award as well.

Okay, so Kate, as she is known affectionately in the Indigenous Writers Collective, has received lots of coverage for her recent efforts.

For those who read from the First Nations Voice from cover to cover, here's something you won't read about in all the mainstream coverage.

I remember when Kate joined the collective, then know as the Aboriginal Writers Collective.

She told me about being nervous going to her first meeting with writers like Duncan Mercredi, Marvin Francis, Jordan Wheeler and Rosanna Deerchild already members.

I admit that I gave her a hard time too but not only did she persevere continuing to work on her craft.

The woman went from a barely audible reading of her poetry in the beginning to a fine literary showstopper herself now.

I am sure The Break will be added to countless lists over the years as one of the great Indigenous novels.

Proud to say she is not only a friend but a fellow writer as well who has eclipsed us all in the collective.

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