By Mabell, Dave on May 24, 2017.
Albert Leong has become something of a Lethbridge legend. His Bow on Tong apothecary shop remained open long after other historic Chinatown attractions were lost.
His story, outlined in a historical work published by the Lethbridge Herald, later became the basis of a creative non-fiction work by Natalie Appleton. Her work, “Fourth Son of the Fourth Wife,” was listed for recognition in the CBC’s creative non-fiction competition in 2016.
Appleton (formerly Bank) interviewed the Chinese medicine store owner as part of her research for “A Century in Ink,” a special project marking Alberta’s centennial year.
On Thursday evening, she will describe that work as well as several more of her short stories during a no-charge presentation at the the Galt Museum. Her 7 p.m. talk, “Poetic Justice in Southern Alberta,” is being sponsored by the Galt Museum and Archives, along with the Centre for Oral History and Tradition at the University of Lethbridge.
Then on Friday, Appleton will join Jenna Bailey – a writer, historian and oral history consultant at the centre – for a workshop about using oral history to write creative non-fiction. Bailey is the author of “Can Any Mother Help Me?”, the story of a -1930s mother who wrote a widely read letter about her frustrations and loneliness.
“Given the increasing interest in oral history in Alberta, we are extremely pleased to offer these two unique opportunities to learn more about the craft,” says Bailey.
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