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Alberta Book: Eye Opener Bob: The Story of Bob Edwards & Journalism in Early Calgary

EyeOpenerBobForty-six years later these words still ring true: there has since been no book that has brought to life early Calgary the way that Eye Opener Bob does. Perhaps more importantly, it’s the closest we’ll ever get to Robert Chambers Edwards—Eye Opener Bob —the irrepressible editor of Calgary’s most singular newspaper, and the city’s most singular denizen. Bob Edwards was a true Canadian original, the prototypical hard-drinking, pull-no-punches editor of the Calgary Eye Opener—at the time the largest paper between Vancouver and Toronto, with a circulation of over 30,000 copies. A paper with the power to elect or dethrone governments, to bring the mighty CPR to reform its ways, and to skewer the pretensions of society like few before or since.

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Alberta Author Tracey Lindberg Makes Longlist for CBC Canada Reads 2016

canada-reads 2016CBC Canada Reads announced its longlist of books for 2016 along with this year’s theme of “starting over.” The longlist includes Alberta author Tracey Lindberg, the first Aboriginal woman in Canada to complete her graduate law degree at Harvard University, and her debut novel, Birdie . The shortlist (and the on-air discussion around it) will be revealed in March.

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Alberta Magazine – On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic

On Spec MagazineOn Spec Magazine showcases the best examples of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror and magic realism) by new and seasoned writers, many of them Canadian. On Spec readers are looking for challenging and entertaining fiction, with a particular element of the fantastic that steps away from the ordinary and takes them out of this world.  On Spec discovers and showcases quality works by predominantly Canadian writers and artists, in the “Fantastic” literature genre. They foster the growth of emerging writers by offering support, constructive criticism, education, mentoring, and manuscript development. Alongside established writers, they publish as many new writers as possible, and create innovative cover art for every mind-bending and emotion-provoking issue!

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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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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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