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Jane Ash Poitras Celebrated in New Book and Exhibition at Bearclaw Gallery

Jane Ash Poitras Jane Ash Poitra was born a Cree in Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta in 1951. Orphaned at six years with the death of her mother from tuberculosis, she was raised in Edmonton by an elderly German lady, at a time when “people did not take too kindly to Indians.” She was also raised in the Catholic Church, and with an atmosphere of prayer, dreams, and spirits imparted to her by this woman she affectionately refers to as “Grandma.” Her upbringing had a strong spiritual component, which facilitated the transition to a Native spirituality in the artist’s adult life. Her schooling was not a residential school experience, but rather a conventional school situation with its presentation of a distinctly non-Native perspective coincided with her development as an artist.

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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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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)