Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

“Leaving Dublin: Writing My Way from Ireland to Canada” by Calgary’s Brian Brennan

Leaving Dublin: Brian Brennan JournalistThis September, Brian Brennan’s memoir “Leaving Dublin: Writing My Way from Ireland to Canada” hits the bookstores. Formerly a writer at the Calgary Herald before the dissolution of its union in 2000, he was a revered columnist and negotiated on the side of the workers during the eight month strike. Published by Calgary’s Rocky Mountain Books, Brennan’s memoir is described in a blurb on the publisher’s website as “an engaging and entertaining exploration of Brian Brennan’s life that begins in middle-class Dublin, includes stints as a travelling musician and broadcaster in Canada, and culminates in a career as an award-winning journalist and bestselling author.”

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Alberta Book of Interest: Water in Canada by Hanneke Brooymans

Water in Canada Lone Pine Publishing AlbertaKudos to Hanneke Brooymans for writing and to Alberta’s Lone Pine for publishing such an important book that likely won’t sell well against the best sellers but should be required reading for many, including politicians, environmentalists and citizens. From what I discovered in reviewing this book, it couldn’t be published soon enough, at least when it comes to the quality and the quantity of water in Canada and around the world. Water in Canada examines the effects of human activities on our water, and presents a thought-provoking analysis of our water issues in Canada making it painfully clear that the quantity and quality of our freshwater resources are diminishing at an alarming rate.

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Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: Which eBook Reader Should You Buy?

eReaders, iPad, Nook, Kindle, ebooksShopping for an e-book reader? According to, the good news is that you have more choices–at better prices–than ever before. The bad news? There are more choices than ever before. In the realm of dedicated e-book readers, the market has consolidated around a handful of major players: mainly Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with Kobo and Sony bringing up the rear. But every major tablet–including the Apple iPad 2 and nearly every Android tablet–also doubles as a reader. So, should you get an inexpensive e-ink reader or go for a more versatile color tablet? That’s the dilemma facing any shopper today. But don’t worry; CNET’s here to help. If you’re an experienced shopper, you can jump straight to our current recommendations–or check our lists of top e-book readers and top tablets. If you’re looking for a more in-depth discussion, read on to consult this quick guide, which boils the purchase decision down to seven questions: Read the rest of the article on

Edmonton History Festival & Provincial Archives Honour Missionaries Who Devised Written Language For First Nations

Alberta Printing PressFrom June 23 until Sept. 17, the Provincial Archives of Alberta will present a display titled Sharing the Word: The Development and Use of Syllabics by Missionaries in Western Canada. Archivists of the United Church of Canada, the Anglican Church and the Oblate Order of the Roman Catholic Church worked co-operatively to develop the display and thus the story of these missionary pioneers. At the same time, from July 8 to 17, 2011, the Edmonton and District Historical Society, presents their 15th annual historic festival, this year on the theme is “Celebrate Our Heritage, Our Doors.” One of the historic sites included in their extensive line up is Father Lacombe Chapel in St. Albert. It is Alberta’s oldest building. A little known fact is that it also the location of the first printing press in Alberta first used in Lac LaBiche in 1877. You can read more about the influence of the printing press in Alberta in this recent article by Gail Simonson from the Edmonton Journal.


Theatre Alberta Seeking Submissions for Annual Playbill

Theatre Alberta PlaybillLooking for new ways to advertise your upcoming theatre season? Theatre Alberta’s Playbill is the only resource available in Alberta listing professional, community, and educational theatre productions together in a month-by-month format. Listing your season on the 2011/2012 Playbill poster is free as a benefit of group membership with Theatre Alberta. Please note that Group Membership must be valid through to the last day of your final season production. Contact Theatre Alberta today for more information on the many benefits of group membership. The rate for non-members to list productions on Playbill is still only $20/listing.

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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)