One Book One Province 2017


Welcome to One Book One Province!

Read Together in March 2017!

Please consider participating and/or partnering with us as SLA celebrates its 75th anniversary with Saskatchewan’s first ever province-wide community reading initiative!  In March, 2017  SLA is  asking everyone in the province to read The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir, by Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter, published by the University of Regina Press.  At just under 100 pages, this little book only takes a few hours to read, but Augie’s story will stay with you.

Please share other program ideas, resources and events with us by emailing

Please REGISTER the activities or events being held by your library, book club, group or by an individual.

You can also share them on  #onebooksk    #onebooksk One book One Province SK

One Book One Province Saskatchewan supports local planning by facilitating partnerships with organizations, including the Yorkton Film Festival (YFF) and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC). Contact them to find out more about OTC speakers or YFF film programs. Other community organizations are offering programs to enhance the experience – watch for announcements in our publications and on the website.

Community and Local Library Events

Please submit an evaluation of the program that you held around the One Book One Province project. 2017 Project Report Form

Assiniboia and District Public Library –    Read-In at the library February 15th and February 22nd 6:30-7:45. Books are available in-library for drop-in open hours from Feb 15- 27th.  Contact: Lori Crighton

Remai Modern – Saskatoon – The Remai has invited two teachers at E.D. Feehan secondary school and their students to work with them: Kara Dornan, Visual Art teacher, and Raymon Montelbetti, Drama teacher. They reached out to David Carpenter, and he will give a presentation to a group of Raymon’s students on Feb 28th. They will be meeting with the teachers soon to discuss plans and format…but our focus is simple—working with students to build individual creative responses to the book. More workshops will follow  Contact:  Kelly Van Damme

Campion Library – University of Regina – Campion Library is hosting a book discussion group on March 3rd at 3 pm. Participants are encouraged to confirm their attendance with Campion Library. Free copies of the book of the book will be offered to the first five students to register for the event. Contact:  Jennifer Hall

Archibald Library – Briercrest College  The Friends of the Archibald will be hosting a reading night in conjunction with Briercrest College’s Aboriginal Awareness Week on the evening of Monday, March 6. Several students will read reflections based on their reading of “The Education of Augie Merasty”. The event will begin at 7:00 pm in the Edwards Chapel in Caronport, SK.  Contact: Brad Doerksen

Parkland Regional Library – Literacy Hub  A  6 – 8 week book club with the New Beginnings Outreach Centre in Kamsack.  Contact: Carol Marriott

Regina Public Library Sherwood Village Book Club  Our monthly book club will be meeting on March 14, 2017 at 7:00 to discuss the book and share our thoughts! Contact: Debbi-Lynn Bateson

Biggar – Lionel A. Jones Library – Book Club Thursday March 16 2017 at 7 pm at the library. Everyone is welcome for this discussion of the book.  Contact: Jayne Stacey   

La Ronge – The Alex Robertson Public Library Book Club will discuss the book at its monthly meeting on March 22 at 7:00 pm. 1212 Hildebrand Drive, La Ronge.  Contact:  Jonathan Powell,

Author Tour and Celebration Events

Please submit an evaluation of the program that you held around the One Book One Province project.   OBOP 2017 Project Report Form


Use this Poster Blank to announce your local events: Event Announcement Poster Blank

One Book One Province Saskatchewan celebration events are being held in Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert in early March 2017. Watch this space for further details!  View the map of events on the website.

Reading Tour David Carpenter

  • March 1, 2017  7:00 p.m. Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Augie Merasty First Nations University      1 First Nations Way  Regina – Free parking in lot 12

The kickoff event for the One Book, One Province project included readings by David Carpenter (co-author, The Education of Augie Merasty), a discussion about the residential school experience, and a performance by Brad Bellegarde (The original InfoRediculous). Visit the Gallery to see the photos at the event.

March 2  6:30 p.m. Author Reading: David Carpenter-   Estevan Public Library   701 Souris Avenue   Estevan       Phone (306) 636-1621

Come to the library to get involved in One Book, One Province Saskatchewan! David Carpenter, co-author of The Education of Augie Merasty, will shed light on the history of residential schools in Saskatchewan with this haunting memoir.

  • March 8 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Celebration   Sask Polytech Gymnasium  1100 15 St E, Prince Albert, SK S6V 7S4

Elder Gertie (Augie Merasty’s sister) will give her blessing and offer an opening prayer, David Carpenter will read from the book and answer questions, and members of Augie Merasty’s family will speak about their experiences. A question period will follow.

  • March 8 7:30 p.m. An Evening with David Carpenter  Meadow Lake Public Library  320 Centre Street, Meadow Lake  Phone 306-236-5396

There is also a “One Book, One Province” Selfie Contest: post a selfie with The Education of Augie Merasty to the Meadow Lake Library Facebook page, or have us take a photo to print for our display, and you will be entered to win our Read for Reconciliation set:  Wab Kinew’s The Reason You Walk, Katherena Vermette’s The Break, and In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth & Reconciliation. Contest ends March 31st.

  • March 18 – 2 to 4 p.m. An afternoon with David Carpenter in Shaunavon 

Grand Coteau Heritage & Culture Centre, 440 Centre St. [Directly across the street from the Co-op Grocery Store] upstairs in the Library & Art Gallery

  • March 19 – 2 to 4 p.m. An afternoon with David Carpenter in Maple Creek

Jasper Cultural and Historical Centre [the old brick school], 311 Jasper Street, Maple Creek. A presentation of the Maple Creek Library.

  •  March 20 –  7 to 9 p.m. An evening with David Carpenter in Swift Current

Swift Current Library, 411 Herbert St. Swift Current.

  • March 21  Moose Jaw Public Library
  • March 24 – 7 to 8 p.m. An evening with David Carpenter in Colonsay

Colonsay Branch Library, 100 Jura Street, Colonsay. David Carpenter will read from The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir


Media Coverage

Media Coverage of the One Book One Province project :

CBC – February 28, 2017 ‘From Augie, we get the truth’: Colleagues remember author Augie Merasty

CBC Books Article and Radio Interview – February 28,2017   Joseph “Augie” Merasty, author and residential school survivor, dies at 87

 Leader Post Article – February 27, 2017  New project encourages people to read residential school memoir

Leader Post Article – February 27, 2017  Augie Merasty, author and residential school survivor, dead at 87

CBC Article – February 28, 2017 Some Sask. schools won’t teach Augie Merasty’s book about residential schools: co-author

Quill & Quire Article – March 1, 2017 – Education of Augie Merasty launches One Book, One Province Saskatchewan initiative, days after author’s death by

CTV – February 28, 2017 Residential school survivor and author Augie Merasty dies at 87

Star Phoenix – February 28, 2017 From sinner to hero, Augie Merasty found ‘redemption’ though his story

National Post – March 1, 2017

Estevan Mercury – March 8, 2017 –

University of Regina Press – March 10, 2017

Project Partners and Sponsors

Project Partners

The following organizations are partnering with SLA on this exciting project:

University of Regina Press  

Platinum Level Partners /Sponsors

Bronze Level Sponsorship

Friend Level Sponsorship

Book Club & Program Resources

Read with each other – Read with us!!

Do you want to read The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir with a book club?

Remember to register at

Resources to use with your book club:

Here are some ideas and resources to get you started: social media, posters, web site announcements, etc. to encourage members of your community to read the book.

  • Host a lecture by a speaker with knowledge/expertise/experience related to the book.
  • Host a book discussion group, or provide resources to support community members who wish to do so.
  • Use social media to share discussions around the book among your community members, and participate in the province-wide online discussions.
  • Develop and deliver children’s programming around issues raised by the book.
  • Develop and share a reading list for community members in reading more about the issues raised in the book.
  • Read and discuss the book and the issues it raises with your employees and/or co-workers.
  • Engage local artists/musicians to respond to the book, or to lead community members in their own creative response.
  • Hold public screenings of films relevant to the topics addressed by the book.  Contact Yorkton Film Festival
  • Hold public readings from the book

Background Information

One Book One Province Saskatchewan aims to increase literacy and to create a reading culture by providing opportunities for residents to become more socially engaged in their community through a shared story.

SLA’s vision and mission align with the goals of One Book One Province Saskatchewan as both aim to encourage Saskatchewan’s social, economic and cultural development while supporting libraries and collaboration.

The idea of One Book One Province Saskatchewan was suggested to SLA by the Multitype Library Board (MLB).  SLA agreed to implement the program with support from its partners as its goals aligned with the vision and mission of SLA.  Both aimed to encourage Saskatchewan’s social economic and cultural development while supporting libraries and collaboration.
A shortlist of titles was produced and voting was open to all SLA newsletter recipients in spring 2016. The chosen title for One Book, One Province is The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir, by Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter, published by the University of Regina Press.


David Carpenter

David Carpenter is an award-winning author whose most recent works include The Literary History of Saskatchewan, Volumes 1 & 2. He lives in Saskatoon, SK.

Joseph A. Merasty

Joseph Auguste Merasty attended St. Therese Residential School in Sturgeon Landing, SK, from 1935 to 1944. He lived in Prince Albert, SK until his death on February 27, 2017.

About the Book & How to Find Copies


“This story of a child is heartbreaking and important. It brings into dramatic focus why we need reconciliation.” – James Daschuk, author of Clearing the Plains

The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir, written by Joseph August Merasty with David Carpenter, and published by University of Regina Press, is the inaugural selection for One Book One Province Saskatchewan.

This memoir offers a courageous and intimate chronicle of life in a residential school.

Now a retired fisherman and trapper, the author was one of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children who were taken from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run schools, where they were subjected to a policy of “aggressive assimilation.”

As Augie Merasty recounts, these schools did more than attempt to mold children in the ways of white society. They were taught to be ashamed of their native heritage and, as he experienced, often suffered physical and sexual abuse.

But, even as he looks back on this painful part of his childhood, Merasty’s sense of humour and warm voice shine through.

Read more about the book on CBC Books (includes interviews with Augie and David), and in The Globe and Mail.

In addition to being the inaugural selection for One Book One Province Saskatchewan, The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir was shortlisted for multiple Saskatchewan Book Awards, and was runner-up for a Burt Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature. It was also selected as the National Post’s fourth Best Book of the year in 2015.

Are you looking for a copy of the book?

TThe Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir is available in libraries across the province.  You can find print, ebook and accessible copies of the book in public libraries by searching the SILS catalogue.

Post-secondary institutions and school libraries may also have copies available for their students, staff and faculty:

The University of Regina

The University of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

University of Regina Press Distribution in Canada

University of Toronto Press
5201 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M3H 5T8
Tel: 1-800-565-9523 / (416) 667-7791 (Local)
Fax: 1-800-221-9985 / (416)667-7832 (Local)
by EDI: Through Pubnet: SAN 115 1134

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Steering Committee

2017 Project Steering Committee

The following committee members are the heart of this project and have dedicated many hours over the past year to bring this project about.  SLA appreciates the passion, dedication, and commitment. Thank you!

  • Colleen Murphy (University of Regina) Chair, and SLA Rep to the Multitype Library Board
  • Cara Bradley (University of Regina)
  • Sarah Bonish (Regina Public Library)
  • Nancy MacKenzie (Regina Public Library) and SLA VP of Advocacy & Development
  • Deborah McConkey (Horizon Seminary Library)
  • Chasity Berast (Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Library and Information Technology Program)
  • Morgan Tunzelman (University of Regina Press)
  • Kimberley Hintz (Provincial Library & Literacy Office)
  • Dr. Donna Brockmeyer (Library Director, St. Thomas More College,University of Saskatchewan)
  • Ann Liang (Marketing and Outreach Librarian
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic Library, Moose Jaw Campus)
  • Anne Pennylegion (SLA Program Coordinator)
  • Judy Nicholson (SLA Executive Director)
  • Carol Todd (SLA Communications Assistant)

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