Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Registration for the Fifth Annual Sugar Bowl Lawn Bowling Fundraising Event Now Open!

Amber BowermanThe annual Sugar Bowl lawn bowling tournament is the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation’s major fundraising event each year. Amber, a well respected journalist in Alberta before her untimely death in 2008, was an avid lawn bowler and the Sugar Bowl aims to provide a positive way to honour Amber’s memory while raising money for student scholarships and awards. It’s a fun event for a great cause — a bit quirky with a lot of heart, just like Amber herself. Registration for the 2013 Sugar Bowl is now open and will be held on Saturday, August 17 at the Rotary Park Lawn Bowls Club in Calgary. Doors will open at 1 pm, play will start at 1:45. Join as an individual player, with a whole team or as a fan. Never lawn bowled? No problem! You don’t need any special equipment — just wear flat shoes (no heel and as little tread as possible) — they’ll provide everything you need and their coaches will help you learn how to play.

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Alberta Book: How Canadians Communicate: Media & Politics

Media, Politics CommunicationsSubstantial changes have occurred in the nature of political discourse over the past thirty years. Once, traditional media dominated the political landscape, but in recent years Facebook, Twitter, blogs and Blackberrys have emerged as important tools and platforms for political campaigns. While the Canadian party system has proved surprisingly resilient, the rhythms of political life are now very different. A never-ending 24-hour news cycle has resulted in a never-ending political campaign. The implications of this new political style and its impact on political discourse are issues vigorously debated in the latest volume in the series How Canadians Communicate, as is the question on every politician’s mind: How can we draw a generation of digital natives into the current political dialogue?

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LitFest Announces Summer Reading List & Invites Readers to Submit Reviews for Prizes

Summer ReadingWondering which books to take to the beach or on your summer vacation? Look no further. LitFest, Canada’s only nonfiction literary festival, is featuring six books for your summer reading list.  They are inviting reviews — coolly professional, intensely personal, or in a style of your choosing — by September 1, 2013 and offering prizes. They’ll post the reviews online (perhaps with a bit of editing). Their favourite reviewer of each book will win a signed copy of the book, and a pair of tickets to an event featuring the author at LitFest 2013 which runs from October 16 – 27, 2013. Submissions can be emailed to Reviews must include your name and email address, and the title of the book that you’re reviewing. Reviews must be 250 words or less and can be submitted in the body of the email, as a PDF, or as a Word document. Check out the six books LitFest recommend for this year’s summer reading list.

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Calgary Author and Giller Prize Winner Will Ferguson at Arden Theatre, St Albert on June 14

Will FergusonMeet Giller Prize-winner Will Ferguson at the Arden Theatre in St Albert on June 14, 2013 as he reads from his work and talks about his life as a writer. An award-winning novelist and travel writer, Will Ferguson is the author of more than a dozen books ranging from budget travel guides to works of literary fiction. In 2012 his novel 419 was awarded $50,000 along with the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s highest literary award. The novel was also the first selection for the new CityLine Book Club this spring.

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Write, Edit, Publish: Words in 3Dimensions Conference in Review

Rosemary ShiptonThis weekend, May 24-26 was loaded with talented writers, editors and publishers all convening at the Robins Health Learning Centre at McEwan University in Edmonton. Saturday’s keynote address by Rosemary Shipton got to the heart of the three dimensions and how they all work together to create the books and ebooks everyone loves. To summarize Rosemary Shipton’s said: without authors, we wouldn’t have writers and publishers, they are the foundation of the three-dimensional structure.

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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)