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For Immediate Release: April 11, 2014 Media Contact: Nicholas Mather Communications and Partnerships Coordinator Writers’ Guild of Alberta P: (780) 422-8174 E: nmather@writersguild.ab.ca The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Announces The 2014 Alberta Literary Awards Shortlist! The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2014 Alberta Literary Awards! The Alberta Literary Awards recognize and celebrate the highest standards of literary excellence from Alberta authors. Awards jurors have deliberated 212 submissions to select 27 finalists in nine categories. Finalists represent extraordinary literary work written by Alberta authors and published in 2013. Winners will be announced and awards presented at the Alberta Book Awards Gala on Friday, June 6, 2014 in conjunction with the Book Publishers Association of Alberta’s (BPAA) Alberta Book Publishing Awards and the Edmonton Public Library's 2014 Alberta Readers' Choice Award. The celebration will take place at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel (133 9th Avenue SW) in Calgary alongside the 2014 WGA Conference: “After the Flood, Alberta Writers Unite One Year Later.”
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Not With a Bang

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Jan is a 17 year-old kid in trouble with the law. Al is a feisty old coot. Paired together because Jan must serve community service hours at a seniors? residence after pleading guilty to a marijuana possession offense, the two initially resent each other. Gradually, the curmudgeonly Al becomes mentor and father-figure to the young delinquent. Through the old man's guidance and the boy's re-framing of a series of bad dreams, Jan begins to imagine other possibilities. He learns to value compassion …

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Roost

Roost

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Winner of the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction

Claudia, single mother of two young children, pines for her past independent life. Her ex, after all, has moved on to a new wardrobe, a new penchant for lattes?new adult friends. But in Claudia's house she's still finding bananas in the sock drawer, cigarettes taped to wrestling figures, and doodles on her MasterCard bills. Then Claudia receives the unexpected news that her mother has died.

As Claudia attempts to gain control of her life, she realizes …

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Hellgoing

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Stories
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Winner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Selected as an Amazon.ca Best Book and for The Globe's Top 10 Books of 2013.

With astonishing range and depth, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Lynn Coady gives us nine unforgettable new stories, each one of them grabbing our attention from the first line and resonating long after the last.

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Almost a Great Escape

Almost a Great Escape

A Found Story
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Winner of the W.O. Mitchell Award, the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction, and the Alberta Readers' Choice Award

Following his mother's death in 2004, Tyler Trafford discovers an album of old letters and creased photographs that reveal a mother he never knew, a man he's never heard of, and a love affair doomed by class and circumstance. The letters are from Jens Müller, a Norwegian pilot who trained in Canada during the early days of World War II, one of only three prisoners who would make …

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tagged : canadian

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Selected Poems

Selected Poems

edition:Hardcover
tagged : canadian

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Topologies of the Unreal
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tagged : canadian, poetry

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