Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Now Accepting Submissions for the 2016 Alberta Literary Awards

Alberta-Literary-AwardsThe Writers’ Guild of Alberta will celebrate another successful year with the 2016 Alberta Literary Awards. Alberta writers and publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award categories. Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, quality of writing, and appropriate fit within a category. Winners will be announced at the 2016 Alberta Literary Awards Gala in Calgary in the spring in conjunction with the 2016 WGA Conference.

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Alberta Book: Battle of Alberta – The Historic Rivalry Between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames

Battle-AlbertaAn up-close look at the rivalry between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers, told from the perspective of those that were there. Sports writer and on-air personality Mark Spector pays tribute to the province’s hockey heyday with a unique blend of humour and homage. In the 1980s, the province of Alberta was home to the two best hockey teams in the NHL. Thus began The Battle of Alberta, the historic struggle between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames. In The Battle of Alberta, veteran sports journalist Mark Spector presents homage to the two teams that inspired one of the most bitter competitions in NHL history. Through exclusive interviews with coaches, trainers, and players, Spector provides an unbiased, often hilarious look at the brawls, the clashes, and the schemes.

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2015 Alberta Book Publishing Award Shortlists

Book AwardsThe shortlists for the 2015 Alberta Book Publishing Awards have been chosen. Jurors from across the country have deliberated on over 70 entries from 9 Alberta publishers, and have selected 24 finalists across 10 categories. The award recipients will be announced during the Alberta Book Publishing Awards Gala on Friday, September 18, 2015 at Fort Edmonton Park, along with the recipients of the Publisher of the Year award, and the Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence.

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Alberta Book: Come Back by Rudy Wiebe Racks Up Multiple Literary Awards

Come-Back Rudy WiebeCome Back is Rudy Wiebe’s first novel in more than a decade, and it is perhaps his most intensely personal work. (Like the character Gabe in Come Back, Wiebe also lost his son to suicide). The writing is elegiac in tone and the novel, as is to be expected from Wiebe, is stylistically experimental and challenging. Much of the story unfolds through the tormented Gabe’s fragmentary and often inchoate thoughts, lists, and perceptions, left behind to be deciphered by the aged and confused Hal. 

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Alberta Book: How to Breath Underwater: Field Reports from an Age of Radical Change by Chris Turner

How 2 BreatheIn her write-up for Calgary-based Chris Turner’s collection of essays on the environment How to Breathe Underwater: Field Reports from an Age of Radical Change, Ashley Chapman for the 2014 Ottawa Festival of Ideas points out that the publication was not written as a book. Approached by a publisher about compiling 15 years worth of his magazine features, Turner secretly wondered if he would be embarrassed by his early work. Nevertheless, he said yes.  The collection of essays was published in October 2014 and nominated for the Wilfred Egglestone Award for Nonfiction at the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards. In  a Globe and Mail review, Simon Lewson, writes that:

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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)