Open Studios: Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC)

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Katherena Vermette, photo by LIsa D Meiler, "The Break" by Katherena Vermette

On June 13, join award-winning author of The Break (and 2017 Canada Reads finalist), Katherena Vermette, for an intimate conversation with her resident translator. Vermette is the 2017 Banff International Literary Translation Centre's visiting Distinguished Author.

Open Studios goes behind-the-scenes into the residencies and workshops that are part of Banff Centre's artistic training programs. Get up close and personal with artists, musicians, dancers and authors as they open their studios and present works created at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses' Company) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her first novel, The Break (House of Anansi) was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize. Her National Film Board short documentary, this river won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Short. In 2015, Portage and Main Press published her seven volume children's picture book series, The Seven Teachings Stories. Katherena has been a proud member of the Indigenous Writers Collective since 2004, and earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2014. She lives with her family in a cranky old house within skipping distance of the temperamental Red River. 

Inspired by the network of international literary translation centres in Europe, BILTC is the only one of its kind in North America. Since the inaugural program in 2003, BILTC has hosted translators from approximately 30 countries translating work involving more than forty languages.