Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

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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In the Suicide’s Library: A Booklover’s Journey by Tim Bowling

In The Suicide's Library: A Booklover's Journey by Tim BowlingBowling’s memoir, In The Suicide’s Library: A Booklover’s Journey, was shortlisted for the 2011 Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction and the $10,000 City of Edmonton Book Prize. His most recent poetry collection The Annotated Bee and Me was nominated for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award. I have the book on hold at Audreys and no time to read it yet so for now you can read what his publisher has to say:

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Launch to the Moon at the Edmonton Poetry Festival | April 26

Here’s a super-hot presentation by two of North America’s best-known names in spoken word: Sheri-D Wilson and Regie Cabico.  Sheri-D – the Mama of Dada – and Regie — the Lady Gaga of Poetry – have more awards and performance credits than  NASA has astronauts, and they’re going to lift you off your feet. Together, they’re launching the brand-new Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach, which will be the go-to resource for spoken word poetry. The book and interactive website lead reader/participants on a creative journey of discovery, with ideas from 28 professional spoken word artists. Contributors include the likes of bill bissett, George Elliott Clarke, Shane Koyczan and Anne Waldman (New York City).

Tuesday April 26, 2011
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Milner Library Theatre
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

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)