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Shaping a Cultural Legacy — Alberta Literary Award Winners for 2012

Alberta Literary Awards 2012In an emotion-filled evening, the Book Publishers Association of Alberta and the Writers Guild of Alberta honoured the province’s literati at the 2012 Alberta Book Awards Gala, held at Calgary’s trendy Hotel Arts on June 9, 2012, in conjunction with the Writers Guild of Alberta’s 2012 conference, “The Adventure of the Process.” Over 200 individuals attended the gala, at which 20 awards were handed out to authors and publishers.  I was in the midst of moving my home/office at the time so alas could not attend the awards myself. However, Cynthia Dusseault, who recently took over the job of putting together the media personalities profiles for mediamag blog our enewsletter mediamag ezine, agreed to provide a write-up on her experience at the awards. Here is what she had to say about them.

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Vote for Edmonton Public Library’s Alberta Readers’ Choice Award by May 31, 2012

Alberta Readers' Choice Awards 2012The Edmonton Public Library’s third annual Alberta Readers’ Choice Award is back and it’s better than ever. This year, readers will have a tough job choosing between five outstanding books all written by authors residing in Alberta. Online voting is now open and you will have until midnight on May 31 to cast your ballot. Who will win Alberta’s only readers’ choice award? It’s up to you…vote today! Winner announced at the 2012 Alberta Literary Awards Gala on June 9, 2012.

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Alberta Book > Writing the City: Poets Laureate of Edmonton, 2005-2013

Writing the City: Poets Laureate of EdmontonThe Edmonton Arts Council, on behalf of Edmonton City Council, has produced a new collection, Writing the City: Poets Laureate of Edmonton, 2005-2013. Edited by Douglas Barbour (poet, reviewer, and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Alberta), this anthology features works written by Alice Major, E.D. Blodgett, Roland Pemberton
(Cadence Weapon), and Anna Marie Sewell during their tenure.

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Alberta Book > Empire of the Beetle by Environmental Journalist Andrew Nikiforuk

Empire of the Beetle Chosen as a Globe & Mail 100 best book of the year in 2011 and published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. Calgary-based journalist, Andrew Nikiforuk’s Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly & a Tiny Bug are Killing North America’s Great Forests (Greystone Books, September 2011) is up for the 2012 Wilfred Eggleston Award for NonFiction at the upcoming Alberta Literary Awards on June 9, 2012, Exposing some startling connections between beetles and humans, one of North America’s foremost environmental writers investigates the continent’s massive forest die-off. burn away like a fire that can’t be put out. Drawing on first-hand accounts from entomologists, botanists, foresters, and rural residents, award-winning journalist Andrew Nikiforuk investigates this unprecedented beetle plague, its startling implications, and the lessons it holds.

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Judy Schultz former food writer for the Edmonton Journal wins $10,000 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize.

freddy's war judy schultzJudy Shultz former food writer for the Edmonton Journal has been named a contender for this year’s Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize. Judy Schultz is nominated for Freddy’s War, which tells the story of a young Canadian man who is captured and taken as a prisoner of war in China during the Second World War.  The annual Edmonton book prize was created in 2004, and was awarded in Edmonton on Monday night at the Mayor’s Celebration for the Arts, where the winner receives $10,000. Also nominated for the prize were Wendy McGrath for Santa Rosa (NeWest Press) and Dawn Dumont for Nobody Cries Bingo (Thistledown Press).

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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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