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The Wild Rose Anthology of Alberta Prose

Edited by George Melnyk and Tamara Seiler

$34.95 CAD / $34.95 USD

423 pages

6 x 9 inches

978-1-55238-079-6 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-478-7 (Institutional PDF)

September 2003

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About the Book

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.

George Melnyk is a cultural historian who teaches Canadian Studies at the University of Calgary. He is also author of the two-volume Literary History of Alberta.

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.

With Contributions By:  Geroge Melnyk, Tamara Palmer Seiler, Ninoxkyaio, Mary Schaffer, Fred Stenson, Monica Hopkins, Georges Bugnet, Illia Kiriak, Christine van der Mark, Kerry Wood, Henry Kreisel, George Ryga, W.P. Kinsella, Andy Russell, Howard O’Hagan, Sheila Watson, Sid Marty, Thomas Wharton, Rudy Wiebe, Katherine Govier, Cheryl Foggo, Sam Selvon, Joy Kogawa, Robert Kroetsch, Aritha van Herk, Myrnal Kostash,  Hiromi Goto, Hugh Dempsy, W.O. Mitchell, Emma Lee Warrior, and Thomas King 

Praise for The Wild Rose Anthology of Alberta Prose

[The editors make] thoughtful choices about what to include and exclude from the selection, and give readers a clear, sensible explanation of their editorial methodologies… 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


SHORTLISTED, 2004 BPAA Alberta Book Publishing Award - Scholarly Book of the Year | 2004