Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Alberta Magazine of the Year and Showcase Award Winners to be Announced in Calgary on March 5

Alberta Magazine AwardsThe Alberta Magazine Publishers Association announced the finalists for this year’s Showcase Awards, the recipients of the Achievement in Publishing, Editor of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Best New Magazine awards and the shortlist for the Alberta Magazine of the Year Award. Winners to be announced on March 5 at the Awards Gala following their  annual conference.

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Alberta Book: Palliser Suite, A Trilogy of One Act Plays by Caroline Russell-King

Palliser Suite Palliser Suite is a trilogy of one act plays set in the Palliser Hotel in Calgary and written in homage to Neil Simon. The first play is Mr. Fix It. Mel wakes up at the Palliser Hotel to find that his ex–wife has come bearing the news that she wants to marry her boyfriend. The second is Second Chance, First Love. A sixty-something socialite, Zelda, hosts Stanley Stillman, her old boyfriend from when she was in her twenties. The final play is Funeral Fore! Two rival brothers meet up at the Palliser with their partners as they prepare for their father’s wake and the spreading of his ashes on a golf course. Miscommunication, sibling rivalry, obsessive compulsive cleaning, laughter and tears ensue.

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Submissions Invited for the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards until December 31, 2015

Alberta Literary AwardsThe Writers’ Guild of Alberta is preparing to celebrate another successful year with the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards.  Writers from across Alberta and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award categories. The deadline for submissions to the Alberta Literary Awards is December 31, 2014. Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category.  The winners will be announced at the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards Gala in Edmonton in the spring  in conjunction with the 2015 Words in 3 Dimensions Conference (

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Alberta Book: Marion Nicholl: Science and Alchemy by University of Calgary Press

Marion Nicholl“This is a sumptuously produced work and an ideal specimen of the book as artefact, writes Anne Burke in her review of the book for the League of Canadian Poets. “This study of Nicoll’s range of expression will offer meaningful commentary, historical and aesthetic contexts, and a feminist approach to male mentorship.” The book’s three contributors point out, as the first female permanent instructor at the now Alberta College of Art, the classically  trained, multi-talented and well qualified Nicholl was confined to teaching craft, printmaking and design at the ACA for 30 years. Yet, it is her paintings that are now most often found in public collections.

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Alberta Media Personality: Jim Zang – A Publisher with Passion for Publishing and Good Luck

Jim-Zang-2014Jim Zang, Associate Publisher at Calgary-based Source Media Group, considers himself a lucky man. His luck started right out of university when his sociology degree couldn’t attract a job. Jim then enrolled in the Public Relations Diploma program at Mount Royal College. Several courses in journalism that first year and a savvy instructor identified Jim’s passion and talent for writing. In 1986 he landed his first job with Panorama Industrial Communications – a one-man PR and communications firm. 

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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)