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Alberta Book: Deadmonton, Crime Stories from Canada’s Murder City by Pamela Roth

deadmontonDeadmonton, Crime Stories from Canada’s Murder City by Pamela Roth, a former crime reporter for the Edmonton Sun, explores the dark, violent underside of Alberta’s capital city. The collection explores more than 20 homicides. Some have been solved, and some have grown cold, the case files gathering dust, the killers never brought to justice. Five killings in a single week. A pair of bodies found in a bullet-riddled SUV at a remote cemetery. A dying man’s desperate call to police for help. Another family torn apart by the sudden violent death of a loved one. In 2011, Edmonton became the murder capital of Canada when the lives of 48 people came to a sudden end. With no common pattern, single cause or factor to the slayings, it was a year Edmonton police dubbed an anomaly.

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Writers’ Guild of Alberta Announces the Winners of the 2016 Alberta Literary Awards

WGA-logoOn Saturday, June 4, at a Wine & Cheese Gala at the MacDonald Hall at SAIT in Calgary, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta announced the 2016 Alberta Literary Award Winners. The wrap up celebration of the 34th anniversary of the awards and this year’s conference, Creativity & Happiness, was attended by 120 writers from across Alberta. This year, jurors deliberated over 250 submissions to select 25 finalists in eight categories from which they selected these award winners:

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Burning Water Speculative/Science Fiction Magazine to Launch Second Issue on April 23 in Edmonton

Burning-Water-MagBurning Water is a fiction magazine in which speculative/science fiction and nature writing converge. Launched out of Edmonton, Alberta in December 2015 by Christine, Christopher and Kristen, Burning Water offers a space for an unexplored and contemporary era of nature writing. It includes short stories and narrative poetry that explore the natural world (ours or otherwise) in relation to technology, where that has taken us, and where it may take us yet. They are about to launch their second issue at a launch party to which everyone is invited to help them celebrate. 

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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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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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