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Synopsis: 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.
Title: Reading the River: A Traveller's Companion ...
Publisher: Coteau Books
Publication Date: 2005
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Coteau Books. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. Bookseller Inventory # G1550503170I3N00
Book Description Coteau Books, Regina, Saskatchewan, 2005. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. 349 pp. Illustrated with photos, maps and drawings. In colour photo illustrated card covers. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005185
Book Description Coteau Books, Regina, 2005. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. 349 pp. Lightly creased bottom corner. Interior unmarked. Spine straight and uncreased. Bookseller Inventory # 034784
Book Description Coteau, Regina. [1-55050-317-0] 2005, 1st thus. (Mass market paperback) As new. 349pp. Bookseller Inventory # 116996
Book Description Coteau Books, Regina, Saskatchewan, 2006. Soft Cover. Near Fine in softcover. 22 by 14 cm. 349 pages. Trade size. Pictorial cover. Contains numerous black and white illustrations from photographs. Bright, clean. Bookseller Inventory # STORA26
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Book Description Coteau Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1550503170