Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 7 PM (doors at 6 PM)
CSI Annex (Centre for Social Innovation) | 720 Bathurst St, Toronto
Tickets: $15 General Admission | $12 Student/Senior (w/valid ID)
Talk followed by book sales/signing at 8:30 PM


The Koffler Centre of the Arts and Ben McNally Books are thrilled to present iconic Coast Salish author and poet Lee Maracle in conversation with Métis writer and artist Katherena Vermette.

Lee Maracle is one of the most prolific indigenous authors in Canada – an award-winning poet, novelist, performance storyteller, scriptwriter, and actor. Katherena Vermette is the award-winning, bestselling author of North End Love Songs and The Break. Vermette’s most recent book, Pemmican Wars – a sci-fi graphic novel that follows a 13-year-old girl who discovers her Métis history through time travel – is the first volume in the young adult series A Girl Called Echo.

“Maracle has worked throughout a long and illustrious career to find and perfect her own song, a long and complex utterance strong enough to convey a painful communal history, complex human character, stubborn hope and courage.” – Vancouver Sun

“Vermette is a staggering talent. Reading The Break is like a revelation; stunning, heartbreaking and glorious. From her exquisitely rendered characters to her fully realized world and the ratcheting tension, I couldn’t put it down. Absolutely riveting.”
– Eden Robinson, author of Monkey Beach and Son of a Trickster

“In Vermette’s poetic prose, The Break offers a stark portrayal of the adversity that plagues First Nations women in this country — and the strength that helps them survive.”
– The Toronto Star

Lee Maracle is a Coast Salish poet and author of a number of critically acclaimed literary works, including Ravensong, Daughters Are Forever and Will’s Garden (fiction); Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel and I am Woman: A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism (non-fiction); and Bent Box (poetry). She has been widely published in anthologies and scholarly journals and is the co-editor of a number of anthologies, including the award winning publication My Home As I Remember. Ms. Maracle is a member of the Stó:lō Nation and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2018.

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis nation, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her first book, North End Love Songs won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her National Film Board documentary, this river, won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Short, and her novel, The Break, won the 2017 First Novel Award. She is also the author of the children’s picture book series The Seven Teaching Stories and recently published Pemmican Wars, the first book in the young adult book series A Girl Called Echo. Ms. Vermette’s second book of poetry, river woman, is forthcoming in the fall of 2018 from House of Anansi Press.