Linda Goyette · Editor, Writer, Journalist

 

About Linda

Last updated October 13, 2009

Photograph of Linda Goyette

I am a writer, editor and journalist with a strong interest in oral history and contemporary storytelling in Canada. This year I’m traveling to isolated northern communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia, and throughout the Yukon and Northwest Territories, to collect stories from children and teenagers about their lives in the north – as well as stories from older adults about their own childhoods. I will be the Writer in Residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon from October through December, 2009. This work is called the Kids North Project, and I encourage you to check it out.

I’ve been intrigued with other people’s stories all my life. After graduating from the School of Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa, I moved west in 1979 to join the staff at the Edmonton Journal. I worked at the Alberta daily for twenty years as a news reporter, feature writer, editorial writer and editorial page columnist. Awarded the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy in 2000, I investigated conflicts between aboriginal Canadians and other Canadians for a series of national stories published in the Toronto Star in 2001.

Photograph of Linda Goyette

Returning to Edmonton, I left the newspaper trade to work on a new history of the city, based on first-person stories through the centuries. Published by the University of Alberta Press, Edmonton In Our Own Words won the Grant MacEwan Author’s Award, Alberta’s top literary prize, in 2005.

My more recent books with Brindle & Glass Publishing include The Story That Brought Me Here: To Alberta From Everywhere, a collection of newcomers’ stories; Standing Together: Women Speak Out About Violence and Abuse, a book I produced in collaboration with the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters. My first book, Second Opinion, is a collection of my newspaper columns about life and politics in Alberta, published by Rowan Books in 1998.

I love working with kids. My books for children include Rocky Mountain Kids and Kidmonton: True Stories of River City Kids. In my work as an editor, I help other writers prepare their books for readers. I also write for Canadian magazines, such as Alberta Views and Canadian Geographic, and contribute commentaries to CBC Radio.

When I’m home in Edmonton, I live with my husband Allan and three dogs, Jessy, Franny and Zooey, in the old Riverdale neighbourhood near the North Saskatchewan River. I like to visit my grownup son and daughter, Peter and Kira, who live and work in Toronto—but northwestern Canada is where I hang my hat.

Books by Linda

For a complete list of publications and books by Linda Goyette, please visit the Books Section. You’ll find details there.

Brindle & Glass Publishing

Please visit my page on my publisher’s site: brindleandglass.com. See the list under “G” for Goyette. We will be posting Resources for Teachers on this site in early 2010.

National Magazine Awards

  • Honourable mention and finalist, Column Writing, 2007; for columns in Alberta Views
  • Silver Medal, Politics and Public Interest Category, Canadian Geographic, March/April, 2003, “The X Files: Were the Metis Swindled of their Land?”

National Newspaper Awards

  • Columnist, one of three national finalists, 1996
  • Editorial writer, national winner, 1994
  • Columnist, national winner, 1991

Awards

  • Edmonton Historical Board Recognition Award, 2006
  • Alberta Centennial Medal, 2005
  • Grant MacEwan Author’s Award, Province of Alberta, 2005.
  • Finalist, Alberta Book Awards, three times, 2005, 2006
  • Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, 2000 –2001
  • Award for Excellence in reporting on criminal justice issues, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta) 1994
  • Publisher’s Annual Award for best commentary and opinion writing in the Edmonton Journal, three times. Also frequent winner of the publisher’s monthly awards
  • Co-winner, Robertine Barry Prize (English), Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, 1987. For a series on Canadian women in government
  • Special award, for reporting on aboriginal issues in the mainstream press, Indian News Media Society, an organization of the Siksika, Tsuu T’ina, Blood, Stoney Nakoda and Peigan First Nations of southern Alberta, 1982.