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Faye Reineberg Holt

Faye Reineberg Holt

Photo: W.H. Holt

Calgarian Faye Reineberg Holt loves word and history. As a writer, researcher, and editor, she is fascinated by the stories and history of Western Canada, but writing remains her first love. She has published 13 books of non-fiction, co-authored a travel book, written a poetry chapbook and authored short stories, poems, and articles.

Her formal background was in education and the liberal arts. A former teacher, she has taught courses and workshops for Mount Royal University, University of Alberta Women's Program, Alexandra Writer's Centre, Writer's Guild of Alberta, Young Alberta Book Society, Calgary Young Writers Conference, Writers in Schools Program of CAA and other groups. A former writer-in-residence, conference speaker and teacher, Faye has offered countless readings, workshops and presentations in libraries and community venues. Having travelled extensively in Canada, she believes that discovering the stories from our past and learning the value of words is both inspiring and invaluable to all of us.

Readings can be held at your local library, community center or another location. They include visuals, reading and time for talk. Generally, they are 1 hour but expanded programs may be requested. Also, topics and readings can be adapted for conference groups. A favorite topic is western Canadian heritage or writing. Ideas about inspiration, a writer’s life, writing process and style are interwoven with the other content. 

Workshops and presentations can be adapted for adults or students. Topics are varied including How Much Research is Too Much Research?; Alberta: Our Dramatic Stories; Canada’s Rocky Mountains: Stories & Photos; Fires and Fire Fighting on the Canadian Prairies; Joys & Pleasures of Prairie Women; Alberta & Saskatchewan, Our History & Stories; Fairs, Rodeos & Regattas of Western Canada; Homemade Fun; Family History: Interview Truisms and Risky Behaviors for Family Researchers; War & Remembrance

Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry
I write professionally in the following language(s):


Alberta: A History in Photographs. 1996, 2009, Heritage House
Amazing Alberta. 2016, Casabella Works
Canada’s Rocky Mountains. 2010, Heritage House
Prairie Twins: Alberta & Saskatchewan Photographic Memories 1905-2005. 2004, Detselig
Awed, Amused & Alarmed, Fairs, Rodeos, Regattas in Western Canada. 2000, Detselig
Sharing the Good Times: Prairie Women’s Joys & Pleasures. 2000, Detselig
Homemade Fun: Games and Pastimes of the Early Prairie. 1999, Fifth House
Settling In: Early Homes of Western Canada. 2011, Detselig
Monarchs of the Fields. 1999, Fifth House
Out of the Flames: Fires & Fire Fighting on the Canadian Prairies. 1998, Fifth House
Help: Rescues & Disasters in Western Canada. 1997, Altitude Publishers


Short List, Alberta Branch Canadian Authors’ Association, Exporting Alberta, 2010
Honourable Mention, Middle Grades Category, Society of Children’s Authors and Illustrators, Tri-Regions, Southern California, 2007
June Fritch Memorial Award, Best Long Poem for Alberta Poetry Yearbook
Humorous Poem Award for Alberta Poetry Yearbook
Eligible for National Public Readings Program: