Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Alberta Book: Sharon Pollock: First Woman of Canadian Theatre by University of Calgary Press

Sharon PollockSharon Pollock, born in 1936 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, is a Canadian playwright, actor, director, who moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1966 where she still resides. She has been Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary (1984), Theatre New Brunswick (1988–1990) and Performance Kitchen & The Garry Theatre, the latter which she herself founded in 1992. As playwright, actor, director, teacher, mentor, adjudicator, wordsmith, theatre administrator, and critic, Sharon Pollock has played an integral role in the shaping of Canada’s national theatre tradition. She continues to produce new works and to contribute to Canadian theatre as passionately as she has done over the past fifty years.

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Alberta Book: Magnificent Misery: From Adversity to Ecstacy by Sue Paulson

Sue-PaulsonStarting with a near death experience in 2007, Magnificent Misery draws readers into the intensely personal journey of a middle-aged woman. What she learned on the “other side” shook the world of author, Sue Paulson. Thinking her brush with death and the resulting visit to the spiritual realm would be her most challenging life experience, a cancer diagnosis in 2011, then a second bout in 2012 proved her wrong. During her battle, Sue began to understand that cancer was her greatest teacher – one that would complete her journey from adversity to ecstasy. An aware and deeply spiritual person, she relates in intimate detail the tragedies, gifts, and ultimate meaning she gleaned from her life-changing experiences.

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The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Now Accepting Submissions for the 2016 Alberta Literary Awards

Alberta-Literary-AwardsThe Writers’ Guild of Alberta will celebrate another successful year with the 2016 Alberta Literary Awards. Alberta writers and publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award categories. Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, quality of writing, and appropriate fit within a category. Winners will be announced at the 2016 Alberta Literary Awards Gala in Calgary in the spring in conjunction with the 2016 WGA Conference.

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Alberta Book: Battle of Alberta – The Historic Rivalry Between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames

Battle-AlbertaAn up-close look at the rivalry between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers, told from the perspective of those that were there. Sports writer and on-air personality Mark Spector pays tribute to the province’s hockey heyday with a unique blend of humour and homage. In the 1980s, the province of Alberta was home to the two best hockey teams in the NHL. Thus began The Battle of Alberta, the historic struggle between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames. In The Battle of Alberta, veteran sports journalist Mark Spector presents homage to the two teams that inspired one of the most bitter competitions in NHL history. Through exclusive interviews with coaches, trainers, and players, Spector provides an unbiased, often hilarious look at the brawls, the clashes, and the schemes.

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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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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)