Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

2015 Alberta Book Publishing Award Shortlists

Book AwardsThe shortlists for the 2015 Alberta Book Publishing Awards have been chosen. Jurors from across the country have deliberated on over 70 entries from 9 Alberta publishers, and have selected 24 finalists across 10 categories. The award recipients will be announced during the Alberta Book Publishing Awards Gala on Friday, September 18, 2015 at Fort Edmonton Park, along with the recipients of the Publisher of the Year award, and the Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence.

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Alberta Magazine: Grande Prairie Smart Guide, Making the Most of Multimedia

GP Smart Guide MagazineThe Grande Prairie Smart Guide is one of the most outstanding city magazines published in Alberta. In a city of just over 55,000 people, it’s impressive how hyper-local it is and that there’s enough advertisers to support the package they produce: interactive website, 32 page, full colour glossy print magazine and smartphone apps with real time information about local events, restaurants, shopping, movie times, nightlife and other activities in Grande Prairie. The free app also features GPS mapping, Facebook check-ins, movie listings, community events, restaurant reviews, weather reports and fun local user-submitted photos and videos.

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Alberta Book: Come Back by Rudy Wiebe Racks Up Multiple Literary Awards

Come-Back Rudy WiebeCome Back is Rudy Wiebe’s first novel in more than a decade, and it is perhaps his most intensely personal work. (Like the character Gabe in Come Back, Wiebe also lost his son to suicide). The writing is elegiac in tone and the novel, as is to be expected from Wiebe, is stylistically experimental and challenging. Much of the story unfolds through the tormented Gabe’s fragmentary and often inchoate thoughts, lists, and perceptions, left behind to be deciphered by the aged and confused Hal. 

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Alberta Media News – June 2015

Alberta-Media-NewsOn June 4, Blackgold Broadcasting launched their new station The One CKSS – Parkland’s Best Country at 88.1 FM in Stony Plain. The town’s first radio station, it joins sister station, CJLD at 93.1 FM branded The One – Leduc’s Best Country launched by Blackgold in April 2013. Both stations feature a Country format.  Blackgold’s application promised 80 newscasts per week with 81 hours of spoken word content including energy news, agricultural updates, sports, commuter traffic, community calendar and weather.

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Alberta Media Moves – June 2015

Jason-StrudwickJason Strudwick is now co-host of City Edmonton’s new Dinner Television news/talk/variety show. A retired four-time, multi-scoring NHL defenseman, Strudwick, finished his hockey career playing for his hometown team, the Edmonton Oilers. Following two decades of athletic experience, he found his new calling in the broadcast industry as host of a local Edmonton radio sports talk show. Now, he’s back in front of the camera.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a confessed news junkie with a penchant for publishing, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)