Katherena Vermette (she/her) is a Red River Métis (Michif) writer from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis Nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Vermette received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for her first book,North End Love Songs. Her first novel,The Break, won several awards including the Amazon First Novel Award, and was a bestseller in Canada. Her second novel,The Strangers, won the Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, named Indigo’s 2021 Book of the Year, and was a #1 national bestseller. Her work in children’s literature includes the graphic novel seriesA Girl Called Echo. Vermette lives with her family in a cranky old house within skipping distance of the temperamental Red River.