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Frog Lake Reader, The

introduction by Myrna Kostash

Publisher
NeWest Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2009
Category
Native American, General, 19th Century
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781897126462
    Publish Date
    Oct 2009
    List Price
    $26.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 15
  • Grade: 10

Description

Non-fiction authority Myrna Kostash merges the past and the present in The Frog Lake Reader, which offers a startlingly objective perspective on the tragic events surrounding the Frog Lake Massacre of 1885. By bringing together eyewitness accounts and journal excerpts, memoirs and contemporary fiction, and excerpts from interviews with historians, Kostash provides a panoramic perspective on a tragedy often overshadowed by Louis Riel's rebellion during the same year. The history is contentious and its interpretation unresolved, but The Frog Lake Reader, with its broad survey of vital historical accounts and points of view, offers the most comprehensive and informative narrative on the Frog Lake Massacre to date.

About the author

Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, Myrna Kostash is a full-time writer, author of the classic All of Baba’s Children, the award-winning No Kidding: Inside the World of Teenage Girls and Bloodlines: A Journey into Eastern Europe. Among her other books are Reading the River: A Traveller’s Companion to the North Saskatchewan River, The Frog Lake Reader, The Seven Oaks Reader, and Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Runcimann Award (UK), and which won the 2010 City of Edmonton Book Prize and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Wilfred Eggleston Award for Best Nonfiction. In 2010, Kostash was awarded the Writers Trust Matt Cohen Award for a Life of Writing.

Alongside writing for numerous magazines, Kostash has written radio drama and documentary, television documentary, and theatre cabaret. Her journalism, essays, and creative nonfiction have been widely anthologized. She has been a frequent lecturer and instructor of creative writing as well as a writer-in-residence in Canada and the US.

Kostash has lectured across Canada and abroad in Kyiv, Warsaw, Cracow, Belgrade, Nis, Skopje, Sofia, Athens, Szeged, and Baia Mare. She has also served as Chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada and on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Conference of the Arts and the Board of the Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta. She is co-founder of the Creative Nonfiction Collective, has been a volunteer at the Carrot community café, and serves on the Board of St John’s Institute in Edmonton.

Myrna Kostash makes her home in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information about her work, visit her website at myrnakostash.com.

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Librarian Reviews

The Frog Lake Reader

Kostash recounts the tragic events of the Frog Lake Massacre in 1885 where, under the leadership of Wandering Spirit, Big Bear’s war chief, a number of Plains Cree descended upon the village of Frog Lake, Alberta, killing nine white settlers and taking others hostage. Months later those who were convicted of the killings were hanged. The massacre at Frog Lake was precipitated by the adverse effects of colonization: Cree dislocation, starvation and un-kept promises by the government. Eyewitness testimonials, historical accounts, memoirs, contemporary newspaper reports, poems and excerpts from novels, as well as Kostash’s personal interpretations provide some answers to the controversial events. Includes Further Reading, Biographies of Cited Writers and a Chronology of Events.

Caution: Some violence, racist terms in historical context and sexual references.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2010-2011.

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