Item IHM.2020.0085 - Face the North Wind

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Face the North Wind

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1st edition

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Published in 1975 by Art Karras

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  • 1975 (Creation)
    Karras, Art, 1914-1999 (author)
    Indian Head (Sask.)

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2 cm of textual records

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In 1932, aged 18, Art Karras and his older brother Ab sought adventure - and their livelihood by trapping - in Northern Saskatchewan. Raised on a farm on the prairie, neither had been in a canoe and both were almost completely unfamiliar with the lifestyle they had chosen. Years later, Art wrote about the seven years they spent in the north. That book, North to Cree Lake, became a bestseller - largely through word-of-mouth and through Art's promotion - and is now in its 5th printing. Many consider it a classic of Saskatchewan literature. Karras' second book, Face the North Wind, told the story of two other trappers, Fred Darbyshire and Ed Theriau; and his third book, Northern Rover, is the story of Olaf Hanson (for whom Hanson Lake, and road, was named). Art Karras was born in 1914 in Rosthern and was raised in Yellow Grass. He worked as a trapper, grain buyer, town administrator, and school administrator at various locations throughout Saskatchewan. He died in Nipawin on 29 April 1999.

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A paperback book written by A. L. Karras telling the story of two trappers named Fred and Ed Theriau who lived in the Canadian north in the 1920s.

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Glued binding material has become brittle and some pages (3-20) have become detached.

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A.L. Karras was in Indian Head in 1970, when he wrote "North to Cree Lake" (IHM.2020.0084). This book was written when he had moved to Nipawin, Saskatchewan, to take the position of Secretary-Treasurer of the Cumberland Community College.

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ISBN 0-88768-064-X

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