Myrna Kostash

Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Myrna Kostash is a fulltime writer, author of All of Baba’s Children (1978); Long Way From Home: The Story of the Sixties Generation in Canada (1980); No Kidding: Inside the World of Teenage Girls (1987); Bloodlines: A Journey Into Eastern Europe (1993); The Doomed Bridegroom: A Memoir (1997); The Next Canada: Looking for the Future Nation (2000); Reading the River: A Traveller’s Companion to the North Saskatchewan River (2005). The Frog Lake Reader (2009), and. Prodigal Daughter: A Journey into Byzantium (2010).

 

She has also written for many magazines, and for theatre and radio, including several documentaries for CBC’s Ideas program. Her essays and pieces of creative nonfiction have been widely anthologized, most recently in Slice Me Some Truth: An Anthology of Canadian Creative Nonfiction.

 

Among her literary awards, Reading the River: A Traveller’s Companion to the North Saskatchewan River received the 2006 Award for Publishing at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. Frog Lake Reader was short-listed for the inaugural competition, Alberta Reads (2010). In 2011, Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium was awarded the City of Edmonton Book Prize and the Writers Guild of Alberta Wilfred Eggleston Prize for Non-fiction. It was short-listed for the (international) Runcimann Award.

 

In 2008 the Writers Guild of Alberta presented Kostash with the Golden Pen Award for lifetime achievement. In 2009 Kostash was inducted into the City of Edmonton’s Cultural Hall of Fame. In 2010, the Writers Trust of Canada named Kostash recipient of the Matt Cohen Award for a Life of Writing.

 

For several years she served on the program committee of the Edmonton Literary Festival and on the Board of Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta as the designated “arts” spokesperson. She is a volunteer “barista” at the Carrot Community Arts café. She is a fellow of the Sophia Institute (Columbia University) and a member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, parish of St Elias.