Register for Indigenous History Month Book Club Events on June 21

With thanks to all who voted to select our Indigenous History Month Book Club book, The Library invites you to join us for one of our two upcoming in-person events to discuss The Break by Katherena Vermette.


"Vermette’s piercing debut novel (following the poetry collection North End Love Songs) begins on a cold, snowy night, when Stella, a young Métis woman, looks out her window and witnesses an attack on a girl out on the Break—a tract of isolated land in Winnipeg’s North End. Frightened, she calls 911, but the girl and her attackers scatter into the night. The next day, the full weight of the situation is revealed: Emily, the 13-year-old daughter of Stella’s cousin Pauline, has been viciously assaulted and raped with a beer bottle. This is not a typical crime story. It is instead a harrowing mosaic, the fragments of which reveal the stories of Emily and her extended family, a young Métis police officer working on the case, as well those of the girls who attacked Emily. The story paints a broad picture of a family separated and brought together again, in different capacities, by varying forms of grief—and of another family, that of the perpetrator, shattered in ways seemingly impossible to mend, by drugs, crime and violence. Vermette portrays a wide array of strong, complicated, absolutely believable women, and through them and their hardships offers readers sharp views of race and class issues. This is slice-of-life storytelling at its finest." - Publishers Weekly


We’ll be hosting an in-person book club discussion at each campus on Tuesday, June 21st. Refreshments will be provided. The first three people to register will receive a free copy of the book. Participants at each of our book club discussions will be entered in a lottery to win a different book at the end of each event.

Coquitlam New Westminster
Room B2090, from 10am-Noon NW Library, Room N2100B, from 2-4pm
Register here Register here

Joining us as co-facilitators for these events will be Kristy Dellebuur O’Connor, Co-Coordinator, Child and Youth Care, Faculty of Applied Community Studies in Coquitlam and Drew Danelesko, Indigenous Student Support Navigator, Indigenous Student Services in NW.


Douglas College Library has five print copies of The Break for lending. The book is also available in multiple formats (e-book, audio book, or print) from most local public libraries, including New Westminster Public LibraryCoquitlam Public LibraryBurnaby Public LibraryVancouver Public Library and Surrey Libraries

Please email Alex at if you have any questions. Looking forward to hearing from you!