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Alberta Book: In “Where the Bodies Lie” by Mark Lisac, Alberta Politics is the Backdrop for a New Thriller

Where the Bodies Lie Mark Lisac has some experience with politics — as a reporter at the Alberta Legislature, and author of two non-fiction books, Alberta Politics Uncovered and The Klein Revolution. In his new political thriller, Where the Bodies Lie [published by Edmonton’s NeWest Press], he takes his political knowledge into the fictional realm. In Where the Bodies Lie, a cabinet minister runs over and kills one of the local constituency executives with his half-ton truck in broad daylight in what is determined to be an accident. Harry Asher, a lawyer and former hockey player with a penchant for visiting gravesites, is asked by his friend the premier to investigate and find out if there is more to this event than meets the eye.

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Writers’ Guild of Alberta to Present Calgary’s 7th Annual Scotiabank Giller Light Bash on November 7

wga-novembergillerbashWith the support of Shelf Life Books, Wordfest, Freehand Books and Frontier College—the Writers’ Guild of Alberta will host Calgary’s 7th annual celebration of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. This event brings readers, writers and supporters of the arts together in a vibrant and entertaining atmosphere to celebrate books, reading and to raise money for literacy. Local book blogger and President of the WGA, Anne Logan, will host the evening.

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2017 Alberta Literary Awards Now Open for Submissions Until December 30, 2016

ab-lit-awards-logoThe Writers’ Guild of Alberta is preparing to celebrate another successful year with the 2017 Alberta Literary Awards. Writers from across Alberta and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award categories. Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category. The winners will be announced at the 2017 Alberta Literary Awards Gala in Edmonton in June 2017.

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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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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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