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Reading the River: A Traveller's Companion to the North Saskatchewan

Category: Book
By (author): Kostash, Myrna
Subject:  HISTORY / Canada / General
  HISTORY / General
Publisher: Coteau Books
Published: November 2005
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 350
Size: 8.68in x 5.28in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*This is the story of the North Saskatchewan River in multiple voices, including writing by famous names and those less familiar, from its rise in the Rocky Mountains to its exit into Lake Winnipeg.
From The Publisher*Framed within her own view of this great river, well-known prairie writer Myrna Kostash has combed the available literature to compile this compendium of writings - poetry, fiction and non-fiction -- from those who spent time reading the river. Beginning with Saskatchewan River Crossing, at the river's source, she takes the reader through 21 communities along the North Saskatchewan, from Edmonton to Prince Albert, from Shandro Crossing (Alberta) to The Pas (Manitoba). Included are the words of people from writers like Hugh McLennan, Eli Mandel, Aritha van Herk, John V. Hicks, and Tomson Highway, to the explorer Alexander Mackenzie, 19th Century mountaineer James Monroe Thorington, to a Cree legend. Reading the River opens with an introduction by Myrna Kostash, and a charting of the geological origins of the North Saskatchewan River, and closes it with "The Future River", a commentary in several voices on, among other things, the river's likely return to a place of prominence in prairie lives, not as a transportation route, but this time as a source of crucial fresh water. Each author has a concise biography, setting their remarks in the context of their time and their works. What emerges is a portrait of this vital lifeline, the terrain and the culture that grew, and is growing, on its shores, to be appreciated by anyone who travels on, along, or merely to, the great river.
Review Quote*What a marvellous journey this book takes us on, from the foothills of the Rockies to the marshes of Cumberland Lake. We hear of witnesses, from Buffalo hunter Peter Erasmus to Saskatchewan's former poet laureate, Glen Sorestad. This is Myrna Kostash at her imaginative best. - Maggie Siggins Myrna Kostash and Duane Burton catch the North Saskatchewan in full literary flood, as a river of stories, poetry, and romance. - Candace Savage
Biographical NoteMyrna Kostash is one of Canada's best-known non-fiction writers, with seven critically acclaimed books to her credit, including the classic All of Baba's Children, as well as Bloodlines: A Journey Into Eastern Europe, and the deeply personal The Doomed Bridegroom. Besides writing for diverse magazines (from Border Crossings to Chatelaine to Canadian Geographic), she has written for theatre cabaret, radio drama, and television documentary and has published work in numerous anthologies, such as Coteau Books' Going Some Place. She has worked as a writer-in-residence in Regina, Saskatoon, Minneapolis, at the Whyte Museum in Banff; and as the Ashley Fellow at Trent University; and has lectured throughout western Canada. Alberta-born and raised, Myrna continues to live and work in Edmonton. Duane Burton lives in Edmonton where she works as a researcher, video producer, and social worker. She is a student of teachings from the Native Oral Tradition. Currently she is working on the Standoff Reserve's video project Blackfoot Ways of Knowing and the Prairie Child Welfare Consortium's project Making Our Hearts Sing: An Exploration of Aborginal Child Welfare.