Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Alberta Writers Nominated for the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards

Marina Endicott EdmontonOn October 11, 2011, The Canada Council for the Arts announced the 68 finalists for the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The GGs, Canada’s national book awards celebrate the excellence of Canadian writers, illustrators and translators. The English and French awards are in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation.   Territory, identity and winter are recurrent themes in the books chosen by the Canada Council’s juries who selected the GG shortlist after reading, between them, a total of 1,684 eligible books submitted for this year’s awards.  

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St Albert Reader’s Festival Presents Award Winning Journalists at Starfest October 13 – 22

StarFest STARFest 2011 the inaugural St. Albert Readers’ Festival at the St. Albert Public Library.  STARFest kicks off with Will Ferguson, three time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour on  being Canadian and becoming a writer (October 13). Then Charlotte Gray on her new book, Gold Diggers, which tells the story of the Klondike Gold Rush. (October 15). Gray will be in conversation with award-winning Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons. Mark Anielski will speak about ideas raised in his acclaimed book The Economics of Happiness (October 19). Gail Bowen gives a sneak previous on her next Joanne Kilbourn mystery novel due out in the spring. Charles Foran will read from his biography of Mordecai Richler in conversation with award-winning writer and Edmonton Journal columnist Todd Babiak. Closing STARFest is Marni Jackson, whose new book, Home Free, speaks to a topic familiar to many– kids leaving the nest! Hosted by Edmonton writer Anne Bailey.

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Successfully Self-Publish Your Book Workshop in Edmonton on November 19

Self PublishingAre you interested in self-publishing a book but not sure where to start? This course takes a look at the pros and cons of self-publishing and provides detailed information on various aspects of the self-publishing process, from hiring an editor to getting and ISBN. Whether you’re looking at digital or print formats, you will learn about the shifting landscape of self-publishing—and what’s the right fit for you.

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Greg MacArthur, U of A’s Playwright in Residence Shortlisted for Canadian Theatre’s Richest Prize

Greg MacArthur University of AlbertaGreg MacArthur, U of A’s Playwright-in-Residence has been shortlisted for Canadian theatre’s richest prize, the $100,000 Siminovitch Award along with six other nominees. The shortlist, selected from 23 nominees, includes MacLeod, Tremblay, Saskatchewan’s Mansel Robinson, Newfoundland’s Robert Chafe and Quebec’s Jasmine Dube. The Siminovitch Prize, launched in 2001, is awarded to playwrights, designers and directors on a threeyear rotation, in honour of a body of work that advances Canadian theatre and inspires younger emerging artists. Of the $100,000 prize, $25,000 goes to a protege of the winner’s choice. The Siminovitch gets presented Nov. 7 in Toronto.

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Edmonton’s Lynn Coady Makes Giller Prize Shortlist for “The Antagonist”

the antagonistFrom Edmonton novelist Lynn Coady comes “an unforgettable, unflinching story of a life gone wron” which was recently shortlisted for the $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize.  Elizabeth Withey, arts writer for the Edmonton Journal describes the book as about “a former hockey enforcer chronicles his life in letters to his ex- best friend.” The publisher, Anansai Press, describes the book:   “Against his will and his nature, the hulking Gordon Rankin (“Rank”) is cast as an enforcer, a goon — by his classmates, his hockey coaches, and especially his own “tiny, angry” father, Gordon Senior. Rank gamely lives up to his role — until tragedy strikes, using Rank as its blunt instrument. Escaping the only way he can, Rank disappears. But almost twenty years later he discovers that an old, trusted friend — the only person to whom he has ever confessed his sins — has published a novel mirroring Rank’s life. The betrayal cuts to the deepest heart of him, and Rank will finally have to confront the tragic true story from which he’s spent his whole life running away.  With the deep compassion, deft touch, and irreverent humour that have made her one of Canada’s best-loved novelists, Lynn Coady delves deeply into the ways we sanction and stoke male violence, giving us a large-hearted, often hilarious portrait of a man tearing himself apart in order to put himself back together.

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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)