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Alberta Book: Digital Nexus: Identity, Agency, and Political Engagement by Athabasca University Press

Digital-NexusOver half a century ago, in The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962), [Edmonton-born] Marshall McLuhan noted that the overlap of traditional print and new electronic media like radio and television produced widespread upheaval in personal and public life: “Even without collision, such co-existence of technologies and awareness brings trauma and tension to every living person. Our most ordinary and conventional attitudes seem suddenly twisted into gargoyles and grotesques. Familiar institutions and associations seem at times menacing and malignant. These multiple transformations, which are the normal consequence of introducing new media into any society whatever, need special study.”

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The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Announces The 2016 Alberta Literary Awards Shortlist

Alberta-Literary-AwardsThe Writers’ Guild of Alberta announced the finalists for the 2016 Alberta Literary Awards on April 8. Each year, the Alberta Literary Awards recognize and celebrate the highest standards of literary excellence from Alberta authors. Winners will be announced and awards presented at the Alberta Literary Awards Gala on June 4, 2016 in MacDonald Hall at SAIT in Calgary. The celebration will take place alongside the WGA 2016 Conference, “Creativity and Happiness.”

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CBC Radio’s Choice for Canada Reads 2016 – The Illegal by Lawrence Hill

Clara HughesBeating out Alberta’s Tracey Lindberg with her first novel Birdie, Lawrence Hill has won Canada Reads 2016 for his novel The Illegal, defended by six-time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes. This is Hill’s second time winning Canada Reads, after claiming the title in 2009 for The Book of Negroes.“The Illegal asks Canadians to imagine the humanity of one refugee, and thus all refugees,” said Hughes in her final defence of the novel.

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Alberta Book: Eye Opener Bob: The Story of Bob Edwards & Journalism in Early Calgary

EyeOpenerBobForty-six years later these words still ring true: there has since been no book that has brought to life early Calgary the way that Eye Opener Bob does. Perhaps more importantly, it’s the closest we’ll ever get to Robert Chambers Edwards—Eye Opener Bob —the irrepressible editor of Calgary’s most singular newspaper, and the city’s most singular denizen. Bob Edwards was a true Canadian original, the prototypical hard-drinking, pull-no-punches editor of the Calgary Eye Opener—at the time the largest paper between Vancouver and Toronto, with a circulation of over 30,000 copies. A paper with the power to elect or dethrone governments, to bring the mighty CPR to reform its ways, and to skewer the pretensions of society like few before or since.

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Alberta Author Tracey Lindberg Makes Longlist for CBC Canada Reads 2016

canada-reads 2016CBC Canada Reads announced its longlist of books for 2016 along with this year’s theme of “starting over.” The longlist includes Alberta author Tracey Lindberg, the first Aboriginal woman in Canada to complete her graduate law degree at Harvard University, and her debut novel, Birdie . The shortlist (and the on-air discussion around it) will be revealed in March.

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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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