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Community books clubs are cropping up in towns and cities right across the country. They provide great opportunities to meet other book lovers, discuss rich topics, and reflect more broadly on literature and what it says about being human. Red Deer Public…

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Many fine books are produced by Alberta publishers each year. And there’s no question that Alberta boasts many strong authors—Rudy Wiebe, Fred Stenson, Marina Endicott—we can go on and on. Yet despite an abundance of great books, it can be difficult to fin…

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It’s that time again. A slew of writing awards will be dished out over the next few months, showcasing the best of the best in Alberta books this past year. A run-down of some of the major prizes includes the Alberta Literary Awards, the Alberta Book Publi…

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I’d never before been to a writing retreat. That changed this past week when I packed my bag of books and scribblers and headed up to Strawberry Creek Lodge, 80 kilometers southwest of Edmonton. It was to be five days of undivided focus, and my expectation…

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I few years ago my husband and I decided to get a dog. What we were thinking? She’s this overly exuberant labrador retriever with a huge personality, madly in love with everyone she meets. Most days she goes to work with my husband Jim, who’s a safety code…

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A review of Everything is So Political turned up on Salty Ink today. If you haven’t yet run across the Salty Ink blog, it’s run by award-winning author and bright guy Chad Pelley, who from Newfoundland casts a spotlight on fresh Canadian fiction and poetry…

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