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Alberta Book – Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture: Canadian Periodicals in English and French, 1925–1960

MagazinesA century ago, the golden age of magazine publishing coincided with the beginning of a golden age of travel. Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture, by Faye Hammill and Michelle Smith published by the University of Alberta Press, centres on Canada, where commercial magazines began to flourish in the 1920s alongside an expanding network of luxury railway hotels and ocean liner routes. The leading monthlies—among them Mayfair, Chatelaine, and La Revue Moderne—presented travel as both a mode of self-improvement and a way of negotiating national identity.  Fantasies of travel were circulated through fiction, articles, and advertisements, and used to sell fashions, foods, and domestic products as well as holidays.

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A House in the Sky: An Exquisitely Written Story of Courage, Resilience, and Grace by Amanda Lindhout

House-SkyA House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout, a Red Deer native, is the dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace. On June 25, 2014 the memoir was optioned by Annapurna Pictures in order to create a screen-adaptation of the book with Rooney Mara (The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Carol) to play the role of Lindhout in the film. Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.

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Alberta Book – Grant Notley: The Social Conscience of Alberta, Second Edition by University of Alberta Press

Grant-NotleyGrant Notley, leader of Alberta’s New Democratic Party from 1968 to 1984, stood out in Alberta politics. His goals, his personal integrity, his obvious dedication to social change, and his “practical idealism” made him the social conscience of Alberta. He bridged the old and the new; he provided the necessary hard work to ensure the continuation of a social democratic party in Alberta. Albertans felt intuitively that he represented a part of their collective being, and his untimely death in 1984 touched them deeply. Leeson’s new introduction recognizes Grant Notley’s significant contribution to the continuity and health of his party while acknowledging the important work of his daughter, Rachel Notley, who led the Alberta NDP to electoral victory in 2015. 

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Alberta Book – Fire Canoe: Prairie Steamboat Days Revisited by Ted Barris

Fire-CanoeThe story of steamboating in the Canadian West comes to life in the voices of those aboard the vessels of the waterways of the Prairies. Their captains were seafaring skippers who had migrated inland. Their pilots were indigenous people who could read the shoals, sandbars, and currents of Prairie waterways.Their operators were businessmen hoping to reap the benefits of commercial enterprise along the shores and banks of Canada’s inland lakes and rivers. Their passengers were fur traders, adventure-seekers, and immigrants opening up the West. All of them sought their futures and fortunes aboard Prairie steamboats, decades before the railways arrived and took credit for the breakthrough.

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Alberta Book – Crash to Paywall: Canadian Newspapers and the Great Disruption by Brian Gorman

Crash2PaywallSteeped in the daily brew of Canadian newsrooms for over 30 years, including the Toronto Star and Sun Media outlets, Brian Gorman has authored Crash to Paywall: Canadian Newspapers and the Great Disruption, a book the encapsulates his eye-witness viewpoint on events leading to the current state of Canadian Media. Gorman’s viewpoint is that of a copy editor, reporter, feature writer, movie and TV critic, middle manager and now journalism instructor at MacEwan University. He argues that in 2014, when Postmedia acquired Quebecor’s Sun Media newspaper and online assets, there was a sense that the recent history of newspapers was repeating itself not as comedy or tragedy, but as eulogy. 

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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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