Myrna Kostash

Myrna Kostash

What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Seven Oaks Reader. Nonfiction.

Quick description: The Seven Oaks Reader, forworded by Heather Devine, offers a comprehensive retelling of one of Canada’s most controversial historical periods, the Fur Trade Wars, the Selkirk settlement and the explosive Battle of Seven Oaks in 1816. As in the companion volume, The Frog Lake Reader, Kostash incorporates period accounts and journals, histories, memoirs, songs and fictional retellings, from a wide range of sources, to weave a compelling historical narrative.

Brief biography:
Life-long Edmontonian, Myrna Kostash is a fulltime writer, author of the classic All of Baba’s Children, and of the award-winning The Frog Lake Reader and Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium. Her latest book is The Seven Oaks Reader (NeWest Press, 2016). Her essays, articles, and creative nonfiction have been widely anthologized. She is a recipient of the WGA’s Golden Pen Award and the Writers’ Trust Matt Cohen award for a Life of Writing. She is a volunteer barista at the Carrot Community Arts Café.

Links to buy Myrna’s book:
NeWest Press
Ebooks: Amazon Kindle ; Apple ; Kobo ; Nook
Distributor: LitDistCo
Overdrive for Libraries

Myrna’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
A playscript for the Edmonton Fringe

Myrna’s reading recommendation:
Betsy Warland’s latest book, Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas (Caitlin Press, Vancouver)

Barb Howard

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Western Taxidermy. Short Story Collection.

Quick description: A “best of” collection of 14 short stories by Barb Howard. This collection won the Canadian Authors’ Association Exporting Alberta Award. Several of the stories won honours and awards before their publication in this book form.


Brief biography:
Barb Howard was the 2013 Writer in Residence for the Calgary Public Library. She has written 3 novels, one story collection, and has published widely in literary and commercial magazines. She is co-editor and contributor of a non-fiction anthology of essays. In a previous less-charmed life, she was a lawyer.

Links to buy Barb’s book:
Where possible, please support your local independent bookstore.
eBook and Print editions available from:
NeWest Press
Amazon Worldwide

Barb’s promo links:
Website (all other links are on my website home page)

What are you working on now?
Working on several new short stories and a feature-length nonfiction essay.

Barb’s reading recommendation:
Dominant Traits by Eric Freeze. Great short stories by another Alberta-born author Check it out!