Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

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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Alberta Book: The Outside Circle Book Signing to Launch Edmonton’s Newest Comic Bookstore

Alberta Book Outside CircleOn May 2, 2015 a new comic book store opens in Edmonton’s Oliver District. The founders promise to provide an experience unlike any other, perfect for those looking to discover or rediscover the joys of sequential storytelling and to help you find books you didn’t even know you loved including The Outside Circle. The creators of this graphic novel will launch their newest book at the launch of Edmonton’s newest bookstore and sign copies from 12pm to 4pm. The story is about how two Aboriginal brothers surrounded by poverty, drug abuse, and gang violence, try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in very different ways to bring about positive change in their lives.

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In Support of Independent Bookstores in Alberta

Audreys BooksMarket forces continue to exert extraordinary pressures upon independent bookstores. In 2013, the Canadian Booksellers Association estimated that 300 bookstores had closed in Canada in the last decade, leaving about 1,500 outlets in the country including these independent bookstores in Alberta that are coming up with interesting and innovative ways to survive. The ambience, selection and customer service offered by these independent bookstores are second to none. 

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Book Publishers of Alberta Invites Submissions for 2015 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Until March 31

Book-AwardsThese awards celebrate excellence in book publishing in Alberta in fourteen categories. This year’s Alberta Book Awards Gala will be held on September 18, 2015 at Fort Edmonton Park. Recipients of the 2015 Alberta Book Awards will be announced at the gala, along with the recipients of the Publisher of the Year, Book Illustration and Lifetime Achievement Awards.  The event will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Book Publisher’s Association of Alberta.

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Words in 3D 2015: Intersections Conference Offers Writers, Editors and Publishers Three Conferences in One

Wi3D150Words in 3D is back for 2015! Join me at the second edition of the unique conference that connects writers, editors, publishers, and agents from across Canada. The weekend focuses on how and where your work with words intersects with other disciplines. Professional development and networking are crucial components of the event, of course, but so are creativity and community. Bring along your energy and your enthusiasm and see where the road takes you.

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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)