No Plaster SaintFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889224520 | paperback / softback

$24.95 | 288 pages | Pub. Date: 2001
6.00 W × 9.00 H × 1 D inches
Non-Fiction | Backlist | Bisac: BIO022000
ISBN 13: 9780889224520 | Rights: WORLD

No Plaster Saint
The Life of Mildred Osterhout Fahrni
By Nancy Knickerbocker

Throughout her life, Mildred Osterhout Fahrni walked with J.S. Woodsworth, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. She heard Ghandi tell the British of his dream of a free India in 1931. When the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation was born in Regina in 1933, Fahrni was there. As a reporter she covered the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945. She walked and sang in Montgomery, Alabama, during the famous bus boycott of 1956. She was in Saigon in the 1960s; in Chile in the 1970s; and protested at the nuclear submarine base in Bangor, Washington and the Nanoose Bay weapons testing site in the 1980s.

She was a crusading socialist and an absolute pacifist. But this story of a most extraordinary life of one of Canada’s pioneer peacemakers does not merely seek to sanctify her. Fahrni’s foibles and frailties are as much part of this story as her deep spirituality, selflessness and unquenchable dedication to social causes spanning six decades. Never one to hesitate in her fight for just causes simply because they were unpopular, “Mildred,” as a close friend eulogized, “was no plaster saint.”

By Nancy Knickerbocker

Sophie Bienvenu is a Québécois writer. After studying visual communication in Paris, she settled in Quebec in 2001 and quickly established herself as a successful blogger. Et au pire, on se mariera (La Mèche) her first novel, was followed by Chercher Sam (translation forthcoming from Talonbooks, 2019), and Autour d’elle, translated as Around Her by Rhonda Mullins (Talonbooks, 2018). Ceci n’est pas de l’amour (This Is Not Love) was her first poetry collection, published in 2016 by Poètes de brousse. Bienvenu’s writing takes its readers on an emotional journey, an intense exploration of profoundly human characters, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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