One eRead for all for April

Katherena Vermette’s bestseller The Break is a powerful inter-generational family story.

The St. Albert Public Library is one of hundreds of libraries across Canada to waive its standard borrowing timeline for the month of April, but for one book only. The Break by Katherena Vermette is the focus of this year’s national bilingual ebook club called One eRead Canada put on by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC).

The program means that anyone can have unlimited access to The Break in eBook and eAudiobook formats through Libby by Overdrive. That means no holds and no wait lists, only some of this country’s best fiction ready at the click of a button.

“Many St. Albertans will already be familiar with Katherena Vermette’s The Break thanks to her compelling appearance at STARFest St. Albert Readers Festival in 2019,” offered STARFest director and adult programming librarian Michelle Steinhusen. “Katherena Vermette is an exciting literary voice, and The Break is a powerful inter-generational family story.”

The bestselling novel features a young Métis mother named Stella who looks out her window one day to see someone in trouble, perhaps as the victim of a crime. That person is on The Break, a sweep field on an isolated strip of land outside her house of her. Author Vermette tells the story about the lives of people living in Winnipeg’s north end through the perspectives of various characters and a shifting narrative.

Originally published in 2016, the book won the Amazon.Ca First Novel Award; Burt Award for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis Literature; Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award; Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction; and Mcnally Robinson Book of the Year Award. It was a short-listed finalist for that year’s Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction.

One eRead Canada has the book available in both English and French. This promotion is available until April 30.

Through the program, readers can share their thoughts and have discussions with others. Later on in the month, they can also attend live-streamed bilingual author events. Details will be shared as they become available through the library social media channels. Readers are also invited to follow One eRead/Un livrel Canada online through the One eRead Canada Book Club Facebook group or on Twitter.

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