Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Alberta Book – Fire Canoe: Prairie Steamboat Days Revisited by Ted Barris

Fire-CanoeThe story of steamboating in the Canadian West comes to life in the voices of those aboard the vessels of the waterways of the Prairies. Their captains were seafaring skippers who had migrated inland. Their pilots were indigenous people who could read the shoals, sandbars, and currents of Prairie waterways.Their operators were businessmen hoping to reap the benefits of commercial enterprise along the shores and banks of Canada’s inland lakes and rivers. Their passengers were fur traders, adventure-seekers, and immigrants opening up the West. All of them sought their futures and fortunes aboard Prairie steamboats, decades before the railways arrived and took credit for the breakthrough.

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Alberta Book – Crash to Paywall: Canadian Newspapers and the Great Disruption by Brian Gorman

Crash2PaywallSteeped in the daily brew of Canadian newsrooms for over 30 years, including the Toronto Star and Sun Media outlets, Brian Gorman has authored Crash to Paywall: Canadian Newspapers and the Great Disruption, a book the encapsulates his eye-witness viewpoint on events leading to the current state of Canadian Media. Gorman’s viewpoint is that of a copy editor, reporter, feature writer, movie and TV critic, middle manager and now journalism instructor at MacEwan University. He argues that in 2014, when Postmedia acquired Quebecor’s Sun Media newspaper and online assets, there was a sense that the recent history of newspapers was repeating itself not as comedy or tragedy, but as eulogy. 

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Alberta Book – The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine by Janine Vangool

TypewriterA richly illustrated book full of never-before published typewriter memorabilia, intriguing historical documents and entertaining anecdotes, The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine is a beautiful ode to an all-but-obsolete creative companion. The book is an oversized, 336-page, beautifully bound and curated publication with a hard cover, a beautiful dark linen cover wrap, a two-toned headband and the title stamped in gold foil on the spine. Financed by a large crowd-funding campaign, is filled with images of typewriter advertising, greeting cards, photos from popular culture and typed letters.

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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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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)