Graphic History in the Making

David A. Robertson, Katherena Vermette

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Moderator: Sarah Leavitt

Event Number: 39
Tickets: $20.00

$9.50 for student groups

Graphic History in the Making

David A. Robertson, Katherena Vermette

Thursday, October 18
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Studio 1398

1398 Cartwright St, Vancouver

David A. Robertson (When We Were Alone) and Katherena Vermette (The Break) are both lauded Indigenous storytellers whose tales weave together a greater understanding of Canada’s past and the repercussions of that history still felt today. But what happens when these authors use not just their words but also bold visual art to explore the lives of Indigenous peoples then and now? Today they share what it’s like to work with a graphic artist, as shown in Robertson’s Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story and Vermette’s Red River Resistance, which documents Métis history in the 1860s through the eyes of a young girl, Echo. Come and see these stories for yourselves.

Sarah Leavitt is a writer and cartoonist who wrote the graphic memoir Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me. She teaches in UBC’s Creative Writing Program.

Grades 8–12 and adults.

Presented in partnership with Vancity.

Event Participants:

David Robertson

David A. Robertson

Manitoba

David A. Robertson is an award-winning writer. His books include When We Were Alone (Governor General’s Literary Award), Will I See?Betty7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga and the YA trilogy, The Reckoner. He educates as well as entertains through his writings about Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, reflecting their cultures, histories, communities, as well as illuminating many contemporary issues. He is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.

darobertson.ca, @DaveAlexRoberts

Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette

Manitoba

A Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Katherena Vermette is a rising star in the Canadian literature scene. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General’s Award for Poetry and her 2017 novel, The Break, was a Canadian bestseller and won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. She is at the Festival with her graphic novel for young adults, Red River Resistance, and her poetry collection, river woman.

katherenavermette.com@katherenav