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Frog Lake Reader, The

introduction by Myrna Kostash

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published: Oct 2009
ISBN:9781897126462
publisher: NeWest Press
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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.

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Myrna Kostash

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, award-winning nonfiction writer Myrna Kostash is the author of twelve books, including All of Baba's Children and The Doomed Bridegroom: A Memoir. In addition to contributing articles to various magazines, such as Geist, Canadian Geographic, and Literary Review of Canada, Kostash has written radio documentaries and theatre playscripts. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in numerous Canadian and international anthologies, such as The Thinking Heart: Best Canadian Essays, Slice Me Some Truth: An Anthology of Canadian Creative Nonfiction, Desire: Women Write About Wanting, Literatura na S´wiecie (Warsaw), and Mostovi (Belgrade).

A founder of the Creative Nonfiction Collective, Kostash has taught creative writing workshops across Canada and in the US. She has served on several award juries, including those of the Governor General's Awards, the CBC Creative Nonfiction competition, and the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize. In 2008 the Writers Guild of Alberta presented her with the Golden Pen Award for lifetime achievement, and in 2009 she was inducted into the City of Edmonton's Arts and Culture Hall of Fame. In 2010 she received the Writers Trust of Canada Matt Cohen Award for A Writing Life. Myrna Kostash's newest book, The Seven Oaks Reader, is a spiritual sequel to 2009's The Frog Lake Reader.

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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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