Social Studies Book Launch

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Scirocco Drama invites you to celebrate the launch of Social Studies by Trish Cooper.

Join us for some comedy and refreshments and a chance to pick up your copy of Social Studies.

Date: February 25, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: McNally Robinsion, Atrium, 1120 Grant Avenue

More information of the event can be found here.

 

 

Trish Cooper at the successful launch of Social Studies! Over 100 guests in attendance.
Trish Cooper at the successful launch of Social Studies! Over 100 guests in attendance.

Angle Inlet School invites Roland Vandal as Guest Speaker

Date: August 30, 2016
Time: 12 PM * subject to change

Located on the Canadian border, in Minnesota’s Northwest Angle, the Angle Inlet School is the only surviving one-room school in the state. Although sixty-five miles from Warroad, Minnesota, the school is part of the Warroad School District #690. Roland Vandal has been invited to speak about social issues pertaining to his book, as well as bullying, cyber-bullying, PTSD and abuse.

Katherena Vermette

For Katherena Vermette, Winnipeg’s North End is a 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.<--more-->

“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 Canadian writer, who won the Governor General’s Award for English-language poetry in 2013 for her collection North End Love Songs. Vermette is of Métis descent and from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was a MFA student in creative writing at the University of British Columbia.

Her children’s picture book series The Seven Teachings Stories was published by Portage and Main Press in 2015. In addition to her own publications, her work has also been published in the literary anthology Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water. She is a member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective of Manitoba, and edited the anthology xxx ndn: love and lust in ndn country in 2011.

Vermette has described her writing as motivated by an activist spirit, particularly on First Nations issues. The title of her book refers to Winnipeg’s North End.