Novelist & Playwright  


—a novel of love and adventure set in Canada's subarctic in the 1760s


McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award

Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

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See what Today's Adventure has to say about Tatsea. Includes an interview with the author.


What the juries said

Tatsea Reviews

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"I loved your should be in schools...your native voice was so write like an Indian, Armin."

—Colleen Simard, columnist: Without Reserve, Winnipeg Free Press

" absolutely superb book! "Tatsea" kept me spellbound and images from the book are still swimming around in my imagination."

—Heather Burles, author of Smouldering Incense, Hammered Brass

" is an awesome novel. I seriously could not put it down."

—Sarah Hanan, principal cellist, Winnipeg Youth Concert Orchestra


“... yes,  I did read the book. It's very good  to read over the camp fire or campout. Find that the book also
brings back the years when our grandparents lived their
lives. It brings back the old days.”

—Mike Nitsiza, counsellor, Mezi Community School, Wha Ti, Northwest Territories

Mike Nitsiza

"Tatsea is a compelling story. I read it on transit to and from work and as I got into the story, I found it so powerful and unrelenting, I wished my day away to get back on the bus and continue the story! I gave the manuscript to my 12 year old daughter who finished it in 2 days with great enthusiasm and excitement. What else can I say. It is a good, exciting read!”

—Jim Martin, former Director of Education, Dogrib Divisional Board of Education

Jim Martin

This is a dramatic novel with powerful spiritual undertones and strong, well-drawn characters. It is rich in aboriginal history and culture, a result of extensive research and an obvious admiration for the subject matter ...Armin switches from the comic voice of his earlier novels to the stirring voice of Tatsea as deftly as a skilled character actor slips from one role into the next.”

—Deborah Froese, author of Into the Fire, writing in Wordwrap

Deborah Froese

I am pleased to report that my English Language Arts 20-2 class recently completed a study of Tatsea. It was, without question, the most successful novel choice I have made during my teaching career.

Sherri Thomson

Thomas Simpson School

Sherri Thomson