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Edmonton Small Press Association Seeks Arts Advocates & Board Members

Edmonton Small Press AssociationEdmonton Small Press Association (ESPA) is a registered non-profit arts society, and since 1998 has maintained a growing Small Press Library & Archive (Infoshop), now represented by over 750 artists and collectives from 34 countries. Although limited in resources, ESPA presents thought-provoking & award-winning art exhibits, films & special guests, independently and through our “North of Nowhere Expo”, a festival of independent media & underground art (highlights have included The Beehive Collective and The Yes Men).

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Alberta Book > Piece by Piece: The GWG Story by Catherine C. Cole

GWG: Piece by PieceRemember pearl‐snap Western shirts? How about Scrubbies jeans and denim jackets? George W. Groovy? Cowboy Kings? Red Straps? Take a trip down memory lane and relive the GWG story! Remember the slogans “Anything Goes” and “They wear longer, because they’re made stronger”? Or Wayne Gretzky’s declaration that “I grew up in GWGs”? GWGs have been a cultural icon in Canada since the company’s founding in 1911. Here, at long last, is the complete, lushly illustrated history of the Great Western Garment Company, whose products were staples for some generations and defined ‘cool’ for others.

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Metro Edmonton Library Federation Invites Applications for Regional Writer-in-Residence

Edmonton Public LibraryThe Metro Edmonton Library Federation (Edmonton Public Library, St. Albert Public Library, Strathcona County Library and Fort Saskatchewan Public Library) are inviting applications from Edmonton and area writers for two positions as Regional Writers in Residence for the period of January 3 to December 31, 2013.  The successful candidates will work individually and collaboratively to develop regional programming and projects. For this full time position (35 hours/week) which may include days, evenings and/or weekends, the Writers in Residence will devote 50% of their time to library programs and projects for all ages, and 50% of their time to personal writing projects.

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Calgary’s Wordfest (October 9 – 14, 2012) to Feature Writers & Journalists Who ‘Name Their Sources’

Wordfest CalgaryWordFest is a six-day literary festival in Calgary and Banff that features upwards of 70 writers from the local, national and international stage. The Festival has approximately 60 separate events and attracts an audience of over 14,000. Some events also offer programming in multiple languages such as French and Spanish. Festival events take place across Calgary and in Banff through founding production partner, The Banff Centre. Of particular interest to media junkies is the presentation on October 10, 2012 on “Name Your Sources” where writers and journalists go behind the headlines and news stories that inspire their creations and comment on the maxim that “truth is stranger than fiction.”

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Calgary Author Will Ferguson Named to Long List of Canada’s Giller Literary Prize

Will Ferguson 419Three time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour, Will Ferguson has been named to the longlist of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards. Ferguson, who made his name with satires such as How to be Canadian, was named to the longlist for his more serious novel 419. Ferguson won the Leacock Medal for Humour for Happiness (2002), Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw (2008) and Beyond Belfast (2010). His novel Spanish Fly made the short list of the 2008 Giller Prize and the long list for the world’s richest literary prize, the IMPAC Dublin Award. It’s unusual for a satirist to make it onto the Giller list, though 419 could be considered more of a thriller.

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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)