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The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Reveals the Winners of the 2017 Alberta Literary Awards

Alberta-Lit-AwardsThe Writers’ Guild of Alberta revealed the winners of the 2017 Alberta Literary Awards on June 10 at Lister Hall at the University of Alberta. More than 100 guests attended the 2017 Alberta Literary Awards Gala, part of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s 2017 Edmonton Conference, Juxtapositions. This celebration marked the 35th anniversary of the Alberta Literary Awards and brought together writers from across Alberta.

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U of A Press Director Linda Cameron is Moving On and Leaving Big Shoes to Fill

Linda-Cameron

Linda Cameron is leaving University of Alberta Press after 16 years of impressive work during which she applied what she learned while studying for an MSc in Information Management from Lancaster University (UK). Linda is looking forward to travelling, more volunteer work, spending time with her gorgeous grandsons and reading books for pleasure. The search is now on for someone to fill Linda’s very big shoes. Interested?

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Alberta Book — Trudeau’s Tango: Alberta Meets Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968-1972

Trudeau's TangoIn this insightful and lively history, Liberal insider Darryl Raymaker recalls the attempt to broker “a marriage from hell” between the federal Liberal Party and Alberta’s Social Credit government in the late 1960s. Raymaker uses his deep connections and backroom knowledge to trace the tangled political relationships that developed when charismatic statesman Pierre Trudeau confronted the forces of oil and agriculture in Canada’s west. Part memoir, part chronicle, Trudeau’s Tango provides a window into Canadian history, politics, economics and the zeitgeist of the late 1960s.

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Alberta Book: Inside the Inferno: A Firefighter’s Story of the Brotherhood that Saved Fort McMurray

Inside the InfernoWhen a wildfire in May 2016 forced the evacuation of 90,000 people in Fort McMurray, everyone who escaped the flames had a story to tell. A perfect combination of weather, geography and circumstance created a raging wildfire that devoured everything in its path. As the fire swept through neighbourhoods, it fell to the men and women of the fire department to protect the city. A year later one of those first-hand accounts of harrowing stories is making its way onto bookshelves. Inside the Inferno: A Firefighter’s Story of the Brotherhood that Saved Fort McMurray by Damian Asher, a captain in the Fort McMurray fire department, and Edmonton-based writer and journalist Omar Mouallem co-wrote this insider’s perspective on one of Canada’s most costly insurance disasters.

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Paper Thin: Deathwatch for Alberta’s Big-City Newspapers by Ian Gill for AlbertaViews Magazine

AlbertaViews MagazineJanuary 19, 2016—call it Black Tuesday—Postmedia Corporation merged its Sun newsrooms with those of the Journal in Edmonton and the Herald in Calgary. That day, 35 staff in Edmonton and 25 in Calgary lost their jobs. More cuts would come. In October Postmedia announced buyouts and layoffs on the heels of another corrosive fiscal update. Black Tuesday wasn’t just about wrenching layoffs. The newsroom mergers—a mushing of distinct journalistic formats, cultures and audiences—heralded the end of Alberta’s big-city newspapers as we had known them. 

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, 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)

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