We are elated to share that Transatlantic client and Award-Winning author katherena vermette has been appointed Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster Canada!

From the official Simon & Schuster press release [June 24, 2024 – Toronto]:

Simon & Schuster Canada is proud to announce that acclaimed Canadian author and editor, katherena vermette, joins the editorial team in the role of Senior Editor. Effective immediately, vermette’s list will focus on celebrating talent from Indigenous, 2SLGBTQIA+, and other underserved communities, and publishing works of fiction and non-fiction across genres for adults and children alike.

katherena vermette (she/her) is one of the most celebrated writers in Canada. A Michif (Red River Métis) writer and editor from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis Nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, her work has garnered awards, rave reviews, and critical accolades across genres. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, and her novels The Break, The Strangers, and The Circle won multiple literary prizes, graced numerous best of the year lists from media and retailers, and were all #1 bestsellers. Her fourth novel, real ones, will be released September 3, 2024 from Hamish Hamilton Canada. Her work for children and young adults includes the picture book The Girl and The Wolf and graphic novels A Girl Called Echo, Volumes 1-4.

katherena has edited numerous works including, most recently, the forthcoming poetry collection, Southside of a Kinless River, from legendary poet Marilyn Dumont, and has been a mentor to numerous bestselling and award-winning writers, including Amanda Peters, author of The Berry Pickers, Jessica Johns, author of Bad Cree, Michelle Porter, author of A Grandmother Begins the Story, and Angelique Lalonde, author of Glorious Frazzled Beings. 

She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, and an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Manitoba.

“Historically underserved communities are home to some of our greatest literary talent,” says katherena vermette. “There are so many voices we need to hear from, and unique stories waiting to be told. I am excited to foster new relationships with readers and our very best storytellers.”

“Readers have long been fortunate recipients of katherena’s exceptional contributions to Canadian literature,” says Nicole Winstanley, President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Canada. “We’re incredibly honored to welcome her talent, voice and spirit which will undoubtedly enrich Simon & Schuster’s publishing vision and that of our industry.”

katherena is represented by Marilyn Biderman for her writing.

Congratulations katherena!