The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir - New Edition by Joseph Auguste (Augie) MerastyThe Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir - New Edition by Joseph Auguste (Augie) Merasty

The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir - New Edition

byJoseph Auguste (Augie) MerastyContribution byDavid Carpenter

Hardcover | March 4, 2017

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Named the fourth most important "Book of the Year" by the National Post in 2015 and voted "One Book/One Province" in Saskatchewan for 2017, The Education of Augie Merasty launched on the front page of The Globe and Mail to become a national bestseller and an instant classic.

A courageous and intimate memoir, The Education of Augie Merasty is the story of a child who faced the dark heart of humanity, let loose by the cruel policies of a bigoted nation. 

A retired fisherman and trapper who sometimes lived rough on the streets, Augie Merasty was one of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Metis 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 recounts, these schools did more than attempt to mould children in the ways of white society. They were taught to be ashamed of their 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. 

"In this book I have seen horror through eyes of a child." - James Daschuk, author of Clearing the Plains

"A story in which our entire nation has an obscure and dark complicity." - David Carpenter, co-author of The Education of Augie Merasty and author of The Gold and other books
A retired Cree trapper, Joseph Auguste Merasty attended St. Therese Residential School in Sturgeon Landing, Saskatchewan, from 1935 to 1944. He lived in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.David Carpenter is an award-winning author and editor of eighteen books. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.A retired Cree trapper, Joseph Auguste Merasty ...
Title:The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir - New EditionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:150 pages, 7 × 4.5 × 0.5 inPublished:March 4, 2017Publisher:University of Regina PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0889774579

ISBN - 13:9780889774575

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Table of Contents

A Note on the Text 
Augie and Me:  An Introduction, by David Carpenter
Map: Sturgeon Landing and other places discussed in this book

ONE - School Days, School Days
TWO - Hard Times
THREE - The Passion of Sister Felicity
FOUR - The Loves of Languir and Cameron
FIVE - Brotherly Love and the Fatherland
SIX - Father Lazzardo among the Children
SEVEN - Sister of the Night
EIGHT - Lepeigne
NINE - Revenge

Afterword by David Carpenter
Postscript by David Carpenter
Study Guide

Editorial Reviews

"Carpenter's introduction and afterword... allow us to come to better understand Augie's 'sometimes chaotic, sometimes heroic aftermath of his life,' as Carpenter describes his last decade. Where Augie focuses on physical scars, Carpenter's experiences with Augie illustrate the long-term impacts on his residential school experience. And with The Education of Augie Merasty, he helps Merasty--who could be any number of individuals we each pass on the street--find his voice." - Active History "Unsettling and profound, and good." - Blacklock's Reporter