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2015 Alberta Book Publishing Award Shortlists

Book AwardsThe shortlists for the 2015 Alberta Book Publishing Awards have been chosen. Jurors from across the country have deliberated on over 70 entries from 9 Alberta publishers, and have selected 24 finalists across 10 categories. The award recipients will be announced during the Alberta Book Publishing Awards Gala on Friday, September 18, 2015 at Fort Edmonton Park, along with the recipients of the Publisher of the Year award, and the Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence.

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Alberta Book: Come Back by Rudy Wiebe Racks Up Multiple Literary Awards

Come-Back Rudy WiebeCome Back is Rudy Wiebe’s first novel in more than a decade, and it is perhaps his most intensely personal work. (Like the character Gabe in Come Back, Wiebe also lost his son to suicide). The writing is elegiac in tone and the novel, as is to be expected from Wiebe, is stylistically experimental and challenging. Much of the story unfolds through the tormented Gabe’s fragmentary and often inchoate thoughts, lists, and perceptions, left behind to be deciphered by the aged and confused Hal. 

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Alberta Book: How to Breath Underwater: Field Reports from an Age of Radical Change by Chris Turner

How 2 BreatheIn her write-up for Calgary-based Chris Turner’s collection of essays on the environment How to Breathe Underwater: Field Reports from an Age of Radical Change, Ashley Chapman for the 2014 Ottawa Festival of Ideas points out that the publication was not written as a book. Approached by a publisher about compiling 15 years worth of his magazine features, Turner secretly wondered if he would be embarrassed by his early work. Nevertheless, he said yes.  The collection of essays was published in October 2014 and nominated for the Wilfred Egglestone Award for Nonfiction at the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards. In  a Globe and Mail review, Simon Lewson, writes that:

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Alberta Book: The Social Life of Ink: Culture, Wonder, and Our Relationship with the Written Word by Ted Bishop

Social Life of InkTed Bishop’s new book, The Social Life of Ink is “part cultural history, part memoir, and part travelogue” and explores a substance so common we barely notice it. It offers a rich and imaginative discovery of how ink has shaped culture and why it is here to stay.  The Social Life of Ink asks us to look more closely at something we see so often that we don’t see it at all. Winner of the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction at the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards held this past May in Edmonton.

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Writer’s Guild of Alberta Celebrates the 2015 Alberta Literary Award Winners in Edmonton on May 23

Alberta-Literary-Awards-2015The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) announced the winners of this year’s Alberta Literary Awards on May 23, during the Alberta Literary Awards Gala held in conjunction with the Words in 3D Conference for Publishers, Writers and Editors at the Chateau Lacombe in Edmonton. The largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada, the WGA created the Alberta Literary Awards in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. This year, jurors deliberated over 150 submissions to select 24 finalists in eight categories.

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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)