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Wordfest and the Calgary Public Library Join Forces to Create the City’s Arts & Culture Library

Wordfest Bill Ptacek, CEO, Calgary Public Library, and Shelley Youngblut, General Director, Wordfest, today announced a creative collaboration that sees Wordfest move its operations to the top floor of the Memorial Park Library and share its extensive arts and culture expertise with Calgary Public Library. It’s been more than a century since the construction of Memorial Park Library as a “first rate building to underline the importance of education and culture in the West” (Alexander Calhoun, Calgary’s first librarian).

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Alberta Book: Deadmonton, Crime Stories from Canada’s Murder City by Pamela Roth

deadmontonDeadmonton, Crime Stories from Canada’s Murder City by Pamela Roth, a former crime reporter for the Edmonton Sun, explores the dark, violent underside of Alberta’s capital city. The collection explores more than 20 homicides. Some have been solved, and some have grown cold, the case files gathering dust, the killers never brought to justice. Five killings in a single week. A pair of bodies found in a bullet-riddled SUV at a remote cemetery. A dying man’s desperate call to police for help. Another family torn apart by the sudden violent death of a loved one. In 2011, Edmonton became the murder capital of Canada when the lives of 48 people came to a sudden end. With no common pattern, single cause or factor to the slayings, it was a year Edmonton police dubbed an anomaly.

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Get Your Movie on at the Edmonton International Film Festival from September 29 to October 8

eiff-logoThe Edmonton International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, September 29, 2016 with over 150 films from Canada, Alberta and around the world. Kerrie Long, the festival director and her team, has curated a compelling line-up of films from all parts of the world, and in all genres — documentaries, short films, aboriginal, world, fiercely independent LGBTQ, Canadiana, sprinkled with a dash of Alberta’s own talented filmmakers.

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Arden Theatre Presents Canadian Journalist Mohamed Fahmy on “Media in the Age of Terror” on October 1

mohamed-fahmyCanadians of many stripes have seen their freedom stripped while abroad. And it’s a topic Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy knows firsthand. A former Al Jazeera English bureau chief, Fahmy was imprisoned in Cairo from 2013 to 2015 — which amounts to 438 days. He was locked up on the same wing as senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda and a few who fought with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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LitFest: Canada’s Only NonFiction Literary Festival Runs from October 13 – 23, 2016

Lit FestivalThe 11-day festival connects nonfiction fans with the authors and writers that are guiding conversations that matter to Canadians, from climate change to politics, social issues, and  ever-changing trends in cuisine. Festival attendees explore a wide variety of nonfiction related content, including author panels, readings, live performances, and master-class writing workshops. Single tickets for each production and all access festival passes are now on sale. Here’s my favourite picks for this year’s festival: 

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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)

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