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Edmonton’s Non Fiction Literary Festival to run October 12 to 23, 2011

Edmonton's Literary Festival Edmonton’s Litfest, the only non fiction festival in Canada, brings avid readers together with nonfiction content and creators through a series of events, chic gatherings and gourmet experiences. It showcases some of the best-selling, award-winning and emerging authors of books, magazine and film content. It also supports Edmonton as a local incubator for nonfiction literary talent. This year’s festival  “What’s the Big Idea?” runs from October 12 to 23, 2011. CBC’s Centre Stage in Edmonton Centre will feature readings and interviews with some of Lit Fest’s hottest authors on October 14, 17, 19 and 21 at noon, free and open to all. Alice Major, Edmonton’s first poet laureate, will be launching her latest collection of essays: Intersecting Sets on October 18 at the Milner Theatre at the Edmonton Public Library.

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Hans Dys Featured Speaker at Edmonton Broadcaster’s Luncheon on October 19

Hans Dys Filmmaker EdmontonHans Dys will be the featured speaker at the Fall Luncheon of the Edmonton Broadcasters Club on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  He presentation will focus on the Edmonton broadcasting enterprises of the late Dr. Charles Allard, and one the greatest entrepreneur Edmonton and this province has ever seen.  Hans Dys was there for most of it, first at ITV, then creating Apple Box Productions as an ITV company.  Last year, he wrote Dr. Allard’s biography, and will be giving away a first edition of his book as a door prize. The luncheon takes place at the Norwood Legion at 11150 82nd Street, just Northeast of Downtown.

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Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit to Hold Fundraising Gala in Edmonton on October 1, 2011

Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit Mardi Gras GalaThe Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit (named after Jerry Forbes Sr, the GM of CHED for 28 years) is holding a 2011 Mardi Gras Dinner and Auction on Saturday October 1, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe. Tickets: $125 per person. Dress: Formal. 5:30 Cocktails & Silent Auction, 6:45 Dinner, 7:00 Live Auction, 9:00 Dance. All proceeds to support Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit and the Rotary Club of Edmonton South. The Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit is named in honour of broadcaster Jerry Forbes who got his start at CFRN in 1947. He moved to CHED in 1954 where he was their first production manager and eventually became the station’s general manager and founded CHED’s Santa’s Anonymous Program. He spent 28 years at the station and retired and passed away in 1981. His commitment to community spirit is now being taken over by his son, Marty Forbes. Like his father before him, Marty recently retired as the GM at Edmonton’s Astral Media stations after spending his professional career in broadcasting.  

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Calgary International Film Festival Announces Opening and Closing Galas for September 22 and October 1, 2011

Calgary International Film Festival 2011Always one of the most celebrated announcements of the season, CIFF rolled out the carpet on September 6, 2011 at its brand new Lifestyle Lounge in Chinook Centre and announced its Opening and Closing Gala films to the anticipation of the gathered crowd. Donovan’s Echo will play its world premiere on opening night and Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz will close off the action.  In addition to revealing the two gala films, CIFF also announced tickets for its complete 2011 program are now available for purchase online.

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Award-Winning films from Sundance, SXSW, Cannes to screen at 2011 Edmonton International Film Festival

Edmonton International Film Festival 2011The Edmonton International Film Festival is a nine day film frenzy for people from all walks of life. ‘Every Night is Opening Night’ truly captures our commitment to Edmonton premieres – most of the films screened at EIFF will never be available to our audiences. The annual schedule includes 50+ feature-length dramas and documentaries, and more than 100 short films programmed into packages that include the hugely popular Lunchbox Shorts. Whatever the genre, their mission is to search the world over for the most highly entertaining films that exhibit great storytelling properties. More than 800 films submitted to this year’s EIFF and proof that their unique brand of film festival is resonating with filmmakers who have been here and are spreading the word about EIFF to their peers.

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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)