Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

WGA Announces Shortlist for 2014 Alberta Literary Awards

2014-Alberta-Literary-AwardsThe Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) announced the finalists for the 2014 Alberta Literary Awards on April 11.The Alberta Literary Awards recognize and celebrate the highest standards of literary excellence from Alberta authors.  Awards jurors have deliberated 212 submissions to select 27 finalists in nine categories. Finalists represent extraordinary literary work written by Alberta authors and published in 2013.

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Alberta Book: Travels & Tales of Miriam Green Ellis: Pioneer Journalist of the Canadian West

Mariam Green EllisIn Travels and Tales of Miriam Green Ellis, Patricia Demers shines a light on the remarkable life and writings of Mariam Green Ellis (1879 – 1964), a feminist, suffragist, and one of the first female journalists in Alberta. Ellis’s circle of friends included Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung (two of the Famous Five), E Cora Hind (Western Canada’s first female journalist who reported on the agriculture beat for the Winnipeg Free Press), Wop May (celebrated WWI flying ace) and Bishop Grouard (who brought the first printing press to Alberta).

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Alberta Media Personality: Janine Vangool, Publisher/Editor/Designer

Janine VangoolJanine Vangool, the publisher/editor/designer of Calgary’s UPPERCASE magazine is doing some of the most innovative publishing in Alberta, most of which is showcased on her website. What you can’t yet see is the outcome of the project she’s been working on for two years she claims “a personal obsession of mine.”

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Alberta Book: The Dilettantes by Michael Hingston, Books Editor, Edmonton Journal

The-DilettantesWith savage wit, intoxicating energy, and a fine-tuned ear for the absurd, Michael Hingston, books editor for the Edmonton Journal, drags the campus novel, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century with the Dilettantes, his debut novel.  Published by Calgary’s Freehand Books this past September, Hingston’s debut novel is a story about The Peak: a university student newspaper with a hard-hitting mix of inflammatory editorials, hastily thrown-together comics and reviews, and a news section run the only way self-taught journalists know how—sloppily.

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Writers Guild of Alberta Seeks Candidates for 2014 Alberta Book Awards

Alberta Literary AwardsThe Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) is preparing to celebrate another successful year. Writers from across Alberta and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s Alberta Literary Awards. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2013.

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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)