Department of American and Canadian Studies and Canadian Studies Centre invite everybody to the lecture by a prominent Canadian non-fiction writer and journalist Myrna Kostash. The lecture entitled “The Reluctant Historian: Writing Creative Nonfiction”, dealing with relations between settlers to the Western Canada and the Indigenous people of the land, will take place on Thursday, 3rd October 2013, at 12:00 (Akwarium – 3rd floor). The writer will meet with our students one day earlier, on Wednesday, October 2nd at 14:00, room 3.55, to discuss creative non-fiction and to conduct a short workshop on non-fiction writing.
Myrna Kostash, born in Edmonton and educated at the University of Alberta, the University of Washington, and the University of Toronto (M.A. Russian Language and Literature,1969), began her freelance writing career in Toronto as a magazine journalist, book reviewer, and columnist before writing books of literary and creative nonfiction. She is the author of seven acclaimed books of literary nonfiction and two anthologies, of numerous essays and articles, of radio documentaries and playscripts. Her works include the classic of Ukrainian-Canadian literature, All of Baba’s Children; Long Way From Home: The Story of the Sixties Generation in Canada; award-winning No Kidding: Inside the World of Teenage Girl; award-winning and Globe & Mail Notable Book of the Year Bloodlines: A Journey Into Eastern Europe; The Doomed Bridegroom: A Memoir;The Next Canada: In Search of the Future Nation, finalist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing ; and arranged and edited Reading the River: A Traveller’s Companion to the North Saskatchewan, a prize-winner at the Saskatchewan Book Awards, and The Frog Lake Reader, a finalist in the Alberta Reader’s Choice Award. Her most recent book, Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium is a narrative of travel in the Balkans in search of a saint of Byzantium and the Orthodox Church, St Demetrius of Thessalonica. Kostash is a recipient of the Alberta Achievement Award and of the Alberta Council of Ukrainian Arts “Excellence in Artistry” Award, the Canadian Conference of the Arts Honorary Life Member award, the Queen’s Jubilee Award, the Alberta Centennial Medal, the City of Edmonton’s 2006 Citation Award, “Salute to Excellence,” and the Writers Guild of Alberta Golden Pen Award for lifetime achievement. In 2009 she was an inducted into the City of Edmonton’s Hall of Fame. More information about the writer: www.myrnakostash.com