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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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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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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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