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How North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette healed Bif Naked's heart

The punk rock musician was moved by Katherena Vermette's award-winning poetry.
Punk rock musician Bif Naked says the poetry in Katherena Vermette's debut book is evocative of her upbringing in Winnipeg. (Karolina Turek/J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing)

July 1, 2017 marks 150 years since Confederation in Canada. CBC Books is creating the Great Canadian Reading List — a list of 150 books curated by you. 

Bif Naked adds North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette to the reading list.

"I am very moved by Katherena's poetry, and am entangled in my own, Winnipeg coming-of-age history. I have a romanticized memory of my troubled adolescence, and Katherena's storytelling and lovely words make me feel everything I always felt, just more deeply. Poetry is the most beautiful coping technique we could have, and reading her words heals my own heart."

Bif Naked is a Canadian singer-songwriter and punk musician. Her memoir I, Bificuswas published in 2016.

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