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Katherena Vermette with guest Rosanna Deerchild -- Book Launch

Wednesday Sep 12 2012 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

Launch of North End Love Songs (The Muses' Company) featuring guest reader Rosanna Deerchild and host Clarise Foster.

For Katherena Vermette, Winnipeg’s North End is neighbourhood of colourful birds, stately elms, and always wily rivers. It is where a brother’s disappearance is trivialized by local media and police because he is young and aboriginal. It is also where young girls share secrets, movies, cigarettes, Big Gulps and stories of love—where a young mother full of both maternal trepidation and joy watches her small daughters as they play in the park.

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines and compilations, including Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water. Vermette was the 2010-2011 writerscollective.org Blogger in Residence and recently began graduate work in the prestigious Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia. A member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective of Manitoba since 2004, Vermette lives, works and plays in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Rosanna Deerchild is Cree from South Indian Lake in northern Manitoba. Her first book, this is a small northern town won the AquaBooks Lansdowne Prize for Poetry in 2009 and was nominated for the ReLit Award.

In addition to her position as the Poetry Editor for Muses' Company, Clarise Foster is the Editor of CV2, and the author of two collections of poetry. She also works as a freelance editor, and is the proud human companion of two dogs.

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North End Love Songs

- Trade paperback

by Katherena Vermette - $15.95 - Add to Cart

Winner of the 2013 Governor General's Award for Poetry. For Katherena Vermette, Winnipeg’s North End is neighbourhood of colourful birds, stately elms, and always wily rivers. It is where a brother’s disappearance is trivialized by local media and police because he is young and aboriginal. It is also where young girls share secrets, movies, cigarettes, Big Gulps and stories of love—where a young mother full of both maternal trepidation and joy watches her small daughters as they play in the park. “In North End Love Songs, Katherena Vermette uses spare language and brief, telling sketches to illuminate the aviary of a prairie neighbourhood. Vermette’s love songs are unconventional and imminent, an examination and a celebration of family and community in all weathers, the beautiful as well as the less clement conditions. This collection is a very moving tribute, to the girls and the women, the boys and the men, and the loving trouble that has forever transpired between us.” - Joanne Arnott “From a mixed-blood Métis woman with Mennonite roots, Kate weaves a story that winds its way through the north end (Nor-tend) of Winnipeg. It’s a story of death, birth, survival, beauty and ugliness; through it all there are glimmers of hope, strength, and a will to survive whatever this city throws at you.” - Duncan Mercredi Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines and compilations, including Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water. Vermette was the 2010-2011 writerscollective.org Blogger in Residence and recently began graduate work in the prestigious Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia. A member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective of Manitoba since 2004, Vermette lives, works and plays in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

this is a small northern town

- Trade paperback

by Rosanna Deerchild - $14.95 - Add to Cart

Winner of the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie This is a small northern town is the long awaited, first full-length collection of poems by Rosanna Deerchild. These are poems about what it means to be from the north; a town divided along colour lines; and a family dealing with its history of secrets. At its core—this collection is about the life of a Cree girl and the places she finds comfort and escape. Excerpt: cousin comes in from the bush still half-cut from all night partying my cousin wakes me at 7 am n’chi mis he says in slurred cree let’s go for breakfast i wear my dawn-yellow sun dress his name is Boy-Who-Is-Always-Smiling his name is Laughter-In-My-Heart his name is Always-Holds-My-HandRosanna Deerchild is Cree from South Indian Lake, Manitoba. Her poetry has appeared in a number of literary magazines including Prairie Fire and CV2. Her work is anthologized in Post-prairie: An Anthology of New Poetry (Talonbooks, 2005) and Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival (Sumach Press, 2003). She is the co-founder and remains a member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective established in 1999. The collective, a group of Manitoba writers, has released two collections in print, urban kool and Bone Memory, and a live spoken word CD, Red City. For the last ten years, Rosanna has worked in print, radio and television journalism, specializing in Aboriginal issues, including several years as a producer and journalist for APTN. She has also performed live comedy and has written book reviews for the Winnipeg Free Press. Rosanna currently works a broadcaster with NCI-FM and is a regular columnist with CBC.