Katherena Vermette came away from the Manitoba Book Awards with three prizes for her novel The Break. She received the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction as well as the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. Although I would encourage you to buy her novel as well as her book of poetry North End Love Songs a taste of Katherena’s wordsmithing skill is available to everyone even if they can’t afford her published work.
I pass one of Katherena’s poems almost everyday as I walk through Winnipeg’s downtown area. It is called pieces and is inscribed on a wall at the north end of Portage Avenue flanked on either side by the work of local artists.