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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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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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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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