Book details

Publication date: September 2004
Features: B&W photographs, maps, timeline, notes, bibliography, index; The official publication of the City of Edmonton’s Centennial
Keywords: Canadian History / Regional Interest
Subject(s): HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-), History, History / Alberta History, Area Studies, Area Studies / Alberta, Urban Studies, Urban Studies / Edmonton, Canadian History / Regional Interest, Canadian History / Regional Interest, Canadian History, Urban Studies, Alberta History
Publisher(s): University of Alberta Press

Linda Goyette. Linda Goyette is a writer, editor, and award-winning journalist. After working for Canadian daily newspapers for twenty years, she published seven books on oral history, contemporary storytelling, and human rights. She divides her time between Alberta and Ontario.

Carolina Jakeway Roemmich. Carolina Jakeway Roemmich is a researcher based in Edmonton. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta.

Keith Turnbull.

"Through traditional aboriginal stories about the earliest travellers along the North Saskatchewan River; oral history, diaries, letters, and archival records of nineteenth century inhabitants; and the recollections of living citizens, Edmonton's history is told in the words of the people who have called this city home." Prairie Books NOW, fall/winter 2004

"Official histories are frequently consensus histories. It takes an act of some courage to challenge that expectation. Edmonton In Our Own Words provides a look at history that includes the words of those who may not yet be a part of such a consensus, opening the possibilities of new debates and even a new consensus for a new century." Ken Tingley, The Edmonton Journal

"Edmonton In Our Own Words is everything a centennial history of the city should be: richly detailed, frankly informative, sweeping in scope and ambitious. But it is much more. It is a thoroughly absorbing work, the kind one opens for a quick look, emerging hours later with a sense of having time-travelled." Canadian Geographic, January/February 2005

"...fall history blockbuster. More than two years in the making, Edmonton In Our Own Words is a 500-page contemporary history written by journalist Linda Goyette with the help of Carolina Jakeway Roemmich. It chronicles a century of native, cultural, industrial, and social history, with generous space devoted to letters and anecdotes from Edmontonians present and deceased." Lisa Gregoire, Quill & Quire Magazine, November 2004

"The best thing about Edmonton In Our Own Words is the way it's written, as if the stories are first-hand accounts.Goyette makes these Edmonton stories and even Edmontonians' part in international events such as the world wars, both personal and interesting." Susan Jones, The St. Albert Gazette

"[Edmonton In Our Own Words] is a sprawling first-person telling of Edmonton's relatively brief history.But, more than just compiling and presenting a huge amount of popular history, [Edmonton In Our Own Words] also reflect[s] both the University of Alberta's dedication to the local community and a shift in the way historical narratives are collected and communicated." Gilbert A. Bouchard, Folio Magazine

"Linda Goyette, former Journal columnist and now freshly minted author, wants Edmontonians to be as familiar with the names of Papaschase and Callihoo, Jimmy Jock Bird and Lapotac as they might be with Secord and McDougall, Rowand and Griesbach.So just as the book celebrates much of what makes this city special, it also presents a courageous and fresh look at some of the shiny spots in our history." Marc Horton, The Edmonton Journal

"[Edmonton In Our Own Words], written in celebration of Edmonton's centennial, tell[s] the story of the city's past as told by the men, women and children who helped shape it.[and] bring[s] the past to life." Corinne Lutter, The Edmonton Examiner

"It is the most comprehensive and inclusive history ever written for Edmonton." New Trail Magazine

"Linda Goyette's balanced and smart Edmonton In Our Own Words, which she wrote with Carolina Jakeway Roemmich, put the history of Our Town in its proper context. It's an unblinking look at our shared past, and the portrait presented by Goyette and Roemmich is a warts-and-all affair, giving voice to many people whose histories have too often been overlooked..Goyette is an engaging writer and a grand storyteller." Marc Horton, The Edmonton Journal

"Edmonton in Our Own Words is a very rare bird: an accessible book which, if you look carefully, is also extremely sophisticated in its structure and the way it crosscuts voices and meanings. Goyette has given us a wonderfully complete yet teasingly incomplete history of Edmonton that reveals both the fabric of memory and wellspring of civic mythologies." Christopher Wiebe, VUE Weekly, March 10-16, 2005 (Full article at

"Representatives of Edmonton's writing and publishing community crowded into the mini-gallery in the foyer of the Edmonton Public Library's Stanley Milner Branch last week to hear the shortlist for the 2005 Alberta Book Awards....Among the Edmonton contenders are Linda Goyette and co-author Carolina Jakeway Roemmich for Edmonton In Our Own Words...This sizable compilation of stories about Edmonton by Edmontonians is on the shortlist for three awards, including the Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction and the Grant MacEwan Author's Award." Allison Kydd, SEE Magazine, April 14-20/05

"A bestseller when it was released in celebration of the city's centennial, Linda Goyette's daring exploration of the city's colourful past is now available in trade-size paperback. A remarkable piece of historical research and writing, the book recently earned Goyette the Grant MacEwan Award, the province's most lucrative and prestigious literary prize. As in all good histories, Goyette and her research assistant Carolina Jakeway Roemmich take their readers back in time through the words and stories of people who have come before us. More importantly, she gives voice to those who have been unfortunately overlooked in other, more conventional popular histories." Marc Horton, Edmonton Journal

"Goyette came away with the $25,000 [Grant MacEwan Authors' Award] award, for Edmonton In Our Own Words, a massive compilation of Edmonton stories from hundreds of contributors." Allison Kydd, SEE Magazine, May 12-18/05

"Applause greets the announcement that Goyette has won the $25,000 Grant MacEwan Writing Award-which she shared with researcher Carolina Jakeway Roemmich-for the book which draws on the voices of countless Albertans to create a multi-layered account of the province's capital over many centuries." Legacy Magazine, Fall 2005

Edmonton In Our Own Words is #5 on Edmonton Top 10 Best-Seller List for Non-Fiction

"Linda Goyette's writing has always suggested that for those of us living in this geography called Canada, it is crucial to make ourselves visible to each other. Goyette has been busy collecting stories from a wide variety of people in Edmonton and every small corner of Alberta. They have come together in three narrative histories that give the stage to voices often excluded from our collective sense of identity, [including] Edmonton In Our Own Words." Thea Bowering, SEE Magazine, October 13-19, 2005

Alberta Book Publishing Awards - Grant MacEwan Author's Award

Alberta Book Publishing Awards - 2005 Trade Non-Fiction Book of the Year

ISBNs: 9780888644282 978-0-88864-428-2 Title: edmonton in our own words ISBNs: 9780888644497 978-0-88864-449-7 Title: edmonton in our own words ISBNs: 9781772123036 978-1-77212-303-6 Title: edmonton in our own words