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Kevin Taft Launches “Follow the Money: Where is Alberta’s Wealth Going?” with Short Film by Tom Radford

Follow the Money Kevin Taft(Edmonton, CNW, January 18, 2012) How is it that a province as wealthy as Alberta is running deficits and says it must cut public services? Where is Alberta’s huge wealth really going? Those are two of the central questions that author Kevin Taft attempts to answer in a hard-hitting, fact-filled new book called “Follow the Money,” released today in Edmonton. Taft is a best-selling author and former leader of the Alberta Liberal Party. The book exposes the “big lie” that spending on public services in Canada’s richest province is out of control and that Alberta can no longer afford to fund things like education and health care at current levels. Oil is selling at $100/barrel, Alberta’s economy is booming, and still the government is cutting services and running deficits.

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2012 Alberta Literary Awards Open for Submissions until December 31, 2011

Alberta Literary AwardsThe Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors.  Entries are judged by an independent jury recruited by the WGA.  Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category. Prizes of $1500 will be awarded for books published in 2011 at a gala event in the summer of 2012.

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Alberta Book Spotlight > “Talking Music: Blues Radio and Roots Music” by Holger Petersen

Talking Music by Holger PetersenJust in time for the music fans on your Christmas list is Talking Music: Blues Radio and Roots Music, a book of interviews of famous musicians by Edmonton’s Holger Peterson founder of Stony Plain Records. Holger Petersen is a veteran Canadian broadcaster and is known to legions of fans nationally through his weekly Saturday Night Blues on CBC Radio which just celebrated its 25th anniversary on the network. Talking Music is a collection of 19 in-depth interviews with artists ranging from guitarist Ry Cooder, Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood, gospel star Mavis Staples, Sun Records’ founder Sam Phillips and singers Lucinda Williams, Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt. Talking Music is receiving a warm reception across Canada and beyond.

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CJSW 90.9FM and WordFest launch The GG Podcast on November 14, 2011

WordfestTo commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, WordFest and CJSW 90.9FM have partnered to create The GG Podcast. This series of interviews explores the impact that winning a Governor General’s Literary Award has on a writer’s career and the significance this recognition has on Canada’s cultural landscape. The GG Podcast will launch on November 14, 2011, a day before the recipients of the 2011 Governor General’s Literary awards are announced. The GGs, Canada’s national book awards, honour the best of our literature in seven categories, in both official languages. These Canada Council awards celebrate and promote the excellence of Canadian writers, illustrators and translators.

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Alberta Book: The Beginning of Print Culture in Athabasca County, U of A Press

Print Culture in AlbertaWhen Oblate Father Emile Grouard came to the Canadian Northwest in the mid-19th century, he set out to make the Catholic faith more accessible to the First Nations people. One result was a prayer book in Cree in the 1880s, the first book ever published in Alberta. Now Grouard’s book has been re-published in English translation accompanied by the original Cree. Under the direction of Linda Cameron, the University of Alberta Press last month unveiled The Beginning of Print Culture in Athabasca Country. Patricia Demers, an English professor at the University of Alberta, was at St. Bernard’s Mission in Grouard about eight years ago. She saw a syllabery on the rectory wall, which outlined all of the syllabics – geometric figures that represent vowel and consonant combinations. She also found a 224-page prayer book printed in the same language. She found out that it had been printed on a printing press that the Oblate missionary, Bishop Emile Grouard, had brought from France in 1881. He actually didn’t print it until 1883.

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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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