The Strength of Our Bonds: Brian Thomas Isaac & Katherena Vermette

Brian Thomas Isaac, Katherena Vermette and Oscar Baker III

The Strength of Our Bonds: Brian Thomas Isaac & Katherena Vermette

Brian Thomas Isaac, Katherena Vermette and Oscar Baker III

8:30pm

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Bestselling Métis author Katherena Vermette presents The Strangers, a searing follow up to The Break, which explores themes of race, class, inherited trauma and the strength of matrilineal bonds. This intergenerational saga examines how connected we are, even when forced apart by powers out of our control. Joining Vermette in conversation, author Brian Thomas Isaac introduces his debut novel, All the Quiet Places, a story about what can happen when every adult in a person’s life has been affected by colonialism. The novel tells of the acute separation from culture that can occur even at home in a loved familiar landscape.

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Bestselling Métis author Katherena Vermette presents The Strangers, a searing follow up to The Break, which explores themes of race, class, inherited trauma and the strength of matrilineal bonds. This intergenerational saga examines how connected we are, even when forced apart by powers out of our control. Joining Vermette in conversation, author Brian Thomas Isaac introduces his debut novel, All the Quiet Places, a story about what can happen when every adult in a person’s life has been affected by colonialism. The novel tells of the acute separation from culture that can occur even at home in a loved familiar landscape.

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Brian Thomas Isaac was born in 1950 on the Okanagan Indian Reserve, situated in south central British Columbia. He lives with his wife in the Salmon River Valley near Falkland, BC. All the Quiet Places is Brian’s first book.

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Katherena Vermette is a Red River Métis (Michif) writer from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis nation—Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her first novel, The Break, was a national bestseller and won several 2017 awards, including the Amazon First Novel Award, Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Prize, and McNally Robinson Book of the Year. She lives with her family in a cranky old house within skipping distance of the temperamental Red River. The Strangers is her second novel.

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Oscar Baker III is a Black and Mi'kmaw reporter from Elsipogtog First Nation. He is freelancing and homemaking from his home in Indian Island. Baker won the David Adams Richards prize for non-fiction writing and was shortlisted for the JHR Outstanding Work by an Indigenous Youth Award. For more of his work visit oscarbakeriii.com.

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8:30pm

Saturday, October 30, 2021

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