Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Alberta Book: How to Breath Underwater: Field Reports from an Age of Radical Change by Chris Turner

How 2 BreatheIn her write-up for Calgary-based Chris Turner’s collection of essays on the environment How to Breathe Underwater: Field Reports from an Age of Radical Change, Ashley Chapman for the 2014 Ottawa Festival of Ideas points out that the publication was not written as a book. Approached by a publisher about compiling 15 years worth of his magazine features, Turner secretly wondered if he would be embarrassed by his early work. Nevertheless, he said yes.  The collection of essays was published in October 2014 and nominated for the Wilfred Egglestone Award for Nonfiction at the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards. In  a Globe and Mail review, Simon Lewson, writes that:

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Alberta Book: The Social Life of Ink: Culture, Wonder, and Our Relationship with the Written Word by Ted Bishop

Social Life of InkTed Bishop’s new book, The Social Life of Ink is “part cultural history, part memoir, and part travelogue” and explores a substance so common we barely notice it. It offers a rich and imaginative discovery of how ink has shaped culture and why it is here to stay.  The Social Life of Ink asks us to look more closely at something we see so often that we don’t see it at all. Winner of the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction at the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards held this past May in Edmonton.

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Writer’s Guild of Alberta Celebrates the 2015 Alberta Literary Award Winners in Edmonton on May 23

Alberta-Literary-Awards-2015The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) announced the winners of this year’s Alberta Literary Awards on May 23, during the Alberta Literary Awards Gala held in conjunction with the Words in 3D Conference for Publishers, Writers and Editors at the Chateau Lacombe in Edmonton. The largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada, the WGA created the Alberta Literary Awards in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. This year, jurors deliberated over 150 submissions to select 24 finalists in eight categories.

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Alberta Book: The Outside Circle Book Signing to Launch Edmonton’s Newest Comic Bookstore

Alberta Book Outside CircleOn May 2, 2015 a new comic book store opens in Edmonton’s Oliver District. The founders promise to provide an experience unlike any other, perfect for those looking to discover or rediscover the joys of sequential storytelling and to help you find books you didn’t even know you loved including The Outside Circle. The creators of this graphic novel will launch their newest book at the launch of Edmonton’s newest bookstore and sign copies from 12pm to 4pm. The story is about how two Aboriginal brothers surrounded by poverty, drug abuse, and gang violence, try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in very different ways to bring about positive change in their lives.

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In Support of Independent Bookstores in Alberta

Audreys BooksMarket forces continue to exert extraordinary pressures upon independent bookstores. In 2013, the Canadian Booksellers Association estimated that 300 bookstores had closed in Canada in the last decade, leaving about 1,500 outlets in the country including these independent bookstores in Alberta that are coming up with interesting and innovative ways to survive. The ambience, selection and customer service offered by these independent bookstores are second to none. 

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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)