Episode 026: The Break

Thanks for joining us for this episode of Time to Read. We are talking about The Break by Katherena Vermette.

When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break — a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house — she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime. In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, with the victim — police, family, and friends — tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Through their various perspectives a larger, more comprehensive story about lives in this community and the after-effects of trauma emerges.

In this episode we discussed:

The Tom Austen series by Eric Wilson,

This River (NFB Film),

What brings us here (companion piece to This River – on Instagram @whatbringsushere),

Indigenous Writers Collective,

Manitoba Library Association – Prison Libraries Committee,

More with Anna Maria Tremonti (podcast).

Another book you might like:

Erica: Women Talking by Miriam Toews,

Trevor: Beartown by Fredrik Backman,

Dennis: In Search of April Raintree by Beatrice Mosionier,

Kirsten: Untamed State by Roxane Gay.

Nerd words for word nerds:

Erica: Contranym,

Trevor: Pantone (and Pantone’s Colour of the Year),

Dennis: Cycle,

Kirsten: Empathy .

** Thanks to everyone who got in touch with their thoughts!

Time to Read is a production of the Winnipeg Public Library. Our panel today included Trevor Lockhart, Dennis Penner, and Erica Ball, with submissions from afar by Kirsten Wurmann.

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Next month we’re talking about The Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards (aka MYRCA) and each reading a different MYRCA book. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think.

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