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Alberta Book – Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activism

Farm-Workers-in-Western-CanadaFarm workers are the faceless multitudes driving agriculture production. Many workers—men, women, and children—are injured and even killed at work. In nine essays, contributors to Farm Workers in Western Canada published by the University of Alberta Press look at the origin, work conditions, and precarious lives of farm workers in terms of larger historical forces such as colonialism, land rights, and racism. They also examine how the rights and privileges of farm workers, including seasonal and temporary foreign workers, conflict with those of their employers, and reveal the barriers many face by being excluded from most statutory employment laws, sometimes in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Submissions Now Open for The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize 2016 Until December 31

writers-guild-of-albertaIn conjunction with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA), The City of Calgary is preparing to celebrate another successful year with The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. Writers from The City of Calgary and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award. The Calgary Awards recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions by individuals and organizations in the community. 

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Alberta Book – Notley Nation: How Alberta’s Political Upheaval Swept the Country

notley-nationRachel Notley’s dramatic triumph over Alberta’s Conservative regime was an early rumble before the Trudeau landslide. Alberta has long been seen as politically paralyzed. But it has always been a cauldron of discontent, producing the Reform Party, the Wildrose movement, the modern Conservative Party of Canada, and Stephen Harper. Notley Nation tells how this pent-up energy exploded in an unexpected direction with Rachel Notley’s NDP victory. Stereotypes of redneck Alberta have long been at odds with the province’s growing progressive streak. The political upheaval that swept conservatism out of office in 2015 had shown its first tremors there five years earlier. 

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Alberta Book: In “Where the Bodies Lie” by Mark Lisac, Alberta Politics is the Backdrop for a New Thriller

Where the Bodies Lie Mark Lisac has some experience with politics — as a reporter at the Alberta Legislature, and author of two non-fiction books, Alberta Politics Uncovered and The Klein Revolution. In his new political thriller, Where the Bodies Lie [published by Edmonton’s NeWest Press], he takes his political knowledge into the fictional realm. In Where the Bodies Lie, a cabinet minister runs over and kills one of the local constituency executives with his half-ton truck in broad daylight in what is determined to be an accident. Harry Asher, a lawyer and former hockey player with a penchant for visiting gravesites, is asked by his friend the premier to investigate and find out if there is more to this event than meets the eye.

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Writers’ Guild of Alberta to Present Calgary’s 7th Annual Scotiabank Giller Light Bash on November 7

wga-novembergillerbashWith the support of Shelf Life Books, Wordfest, Freehand Books and Frontier College—the Writers’ Guild of Alberta will host Calgary’s 7th annual celebration of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. This event brings readers, writers and supporters of the arts together in a vibrant and entertaining atmosphere to celebrate books, reading and to raise money for literacy. Local book blogger and President of the WGA, Anne Logan, will host the evening.

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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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