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The Wild Rose Anthology of Alberta Prose

edited by George Melnyk & Tamara Seiler

contributions by Ninoxkyaio, Mary Schaffer, Fred Stenson, Monica Hopkins & Thomas King

University of Calgary Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2003
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The first multi-genre historical anthology of Alberta writing since 1979, The Wild Rose Anthology of Alberta Prose collects twentieth-century short fiction, excerpts from novels, and non-fiction. This anthology explores what writers-past and present-can tell us about what it means to be Albertan-and Canadian. Each piece is preceded by an introduction with a literary biography and critical discussion of the selection that situates the piece within the author's overall repertoire.

With contributions by:

George Bugnet Hugh Dempsey Cheryl Foggo Hiromi Goto Katherine Govier Monica Hopkins Thomas King W.P. Kinsella Illia Kiriak Joy Kogawa Myrna Kostash Henry Kreisel Robert Kroetsch Sid Marty W.O. Mitchell Howard O'Hagan Andy Russell George Ryga Mary Schaffer Sam Selvon Fred Stenson Christine van der Mark Aritha van Herk Emma Lee Warrior Shelia Watson Thomas Wharton Rudy Wiebe Kerry Wood Ninoxkyaio

About the authors

George Melnyk is an associate professor of Canadian studies and film studies in the Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary. He is a cultural historian who specializes in Canadian cinema. Among his film publications are One Hundred Years of Canadian Cinema (2004) and Great Canadian Film Directors (2007). Most recently he has published The Young, the Restless, and the Dead: Interviews with Canadian Filmmakers (2008) in the Film and Media Studies series at WLU Press.

George Melnyk's profile page

Tamara Palmer Seiler is an interdisciplinary scholar who teaches Canadian Studies at the University of Calgary. She has written widely on the impact of immigration and ethnic diversity on Canadian culture and, in particular, on Canadian literature. She has co-authored two books on the history of Alberta.

Tamara Seiler's profile page

Ninoxkyaio's profile page

Mary T.S. Schäffer was an artist, photographer, writer, world traveller and, above all, explorer. She overcame the limited expectations of women at the turn of the 19th century in order to follow her dreams. Although she died in 1937, her story continues to inspire young people, women in particular.

Mary Schaffer's profile page

Fred Stenson has written sixteen books of fiction and non-fiction. Thing Feigned or Imagined: The Craft in Fiction is based on his experience as a writer of fiction and mentor . His cycle of historical novels, The Trade, Lightning and The Great Karoo have won and been nominated for many awards. The Trade (2000) and Lightning (2003) both won the Grant MacEwan Author’s Prize. The Trade also won the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and the Edmonton Book Prize, and was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Award and short-listed for the Giller Prize. The Great Karoo was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 2008. Stenson has been writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick, Grant MacEwan College, Calgary Public Library, the community of Whistler, and many other places. He has directed the Wired Writing Studio at The Banff Centre since 2001 and mentored in its writing studios prior to that. He has been the wit columnist at Alberta Views Magazine for the entire fifteen-year life of the publication. He has also written over 150 films and videos.

Fred Stenson's profile page

AMY MONICA HOPKINS was born in Dorset, England in 1884. After marrying her childhood sweetheart, she immigrated to Canada in 1909, settling in Alberta where she remained until her death in 1974.

Monica Hopkins' profile page

Thomas King, who is of Cherokee and Greek descent, is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter, and photographer. His first novel, Medicine River, won several awards, including the PEN/Josephine Miles Award and the Writers Guild of Alberta Award, and was shortlisted for the 1991 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. It was also made into a CBC television movie. Green Grass, Running Water, his second novel, was shortlisted for the 1993 Governor General's Award and won the 1994 Canadian Authors Award for fiction. His highly praised short story collection, One Good Story, That One, was a Canadian bestseller, and his collection of Massey Lectures, The Truth About Stories, won the 2003 Trillium Book Award. He has also written three acclaimed children's books: A Coyote Columbus Story, Coyote Sings to the Moon, and Coyote's New Suit. Thomas King lives in Guelph, Ontario, and is an Associate Professor of English (teaching Native literature and creative writing) at the University of Guelph.

Thomas King's profile page


  • Short-listed, Alberta Book Awards, Scholarly Book (Book Publishers Association of Alberta)

Editorial Reviews

All readers, regardless of their level of familiarity with Alberta literature, will find treasures in The Wild Rose Anthology of Alberta Prose.

—Lisa Grekul, Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal

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