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Two Alberta Authors Finalists for $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Giller PrizeLynn Coady’s intimate short story collection Hellgoing and Dan Vyleta’s post-war novel The Crooked Maid made this year’s Giller Prize short list announced on October 8. A week before the Giller announcement, Coady was told she made the cut for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, worth $25,000.

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Calgary’s Wordfest Features 65 Writers & 62 Page Festival Guide

WordFest 2013The 2013 Wordfest lineup has been revealed! Over 65 writers will be appearing at the 18th Annual Festival featuring artists from Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States. Wordfest runs from October 14 to 20 in various venues across Calgary and Banff. This year’s festival presents 60 separate events and is expected to attract an audience of over 14,000.

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Alberta Book: Film & the City, the Urban Imaginary in Canadian Cinema by George Melynk

Film & the City Examining fourteen Canadian films produced from 1989 to 2007, including Denys Arcand’s Jésus de Montréal (1989), Jean-Claude Lauzon’s Léolo (1992), Mina Shum’s Double Happiness (1994), Clément Virgo’s Rude (1995), and Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg (2007), Film and the City is the first comprehensive study of Canadian film and “urbanity”—the totality of urban culture and life. Drawing on film and urban studies and building upon issues of identity formation in Canadian studies, Melnyk considers how filmmakers, films, and urban audiences experience, represent, and interpret urban spatiality, visuality, and orality.

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Alberta Book: Seeking the Summit: Sam Switzer’s Story of Building and Giving

Seeking-the-SummitSeeking the Summit: Sam Switzer’s Story of Building and Giving is the biography of Sam Switzer, a builder, entrepreneur and philanthropist who was born into an impoverished Calgary family and became one of the province’s most successful businessmen. While much of the book explains Mr. Switzer’s various business accomplishments, it also analyses living conditions in Poland, the home of Mr. Switzer’s forebears; the social background of early 20th century Calgary and Alberta, especially life in rural Jewish collectives and inner-city communities; and the social and economic structures that made Mr. Switzer’s rise to success possible.

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Margaret Atwood Kicks Off WordFest 2013 in Calgary on October 14

WordFest 2013 CalgaryThe 2013 WordFest line-up has been revealed! Over 65 writers will be appearing at the 18th Annual Festival featuring artists from Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States. WordFest runs from October 14-20 in various venues across Calgary and Banff. Ushering in WordFest this year is a special Pre-Festival event with Amanda Lindhout on September 25 at the Glenbow ConocoPhilips Theatre. Margaret Atwood, the queen of Canadian literature kicks off the Festival on October 14 at 7pm at the John Dutton Theatre at the Calgary Public Library, with readings from MaddAddam, a moving and dramatic conclusion to her internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy about which has been said is “a love letter to literature“.

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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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