This week in Arts Buzz: music, writing and a thoughtful response from our Arts community about the Canada 150 celebrations.
Please note, Arts Buzz has moved to a bi-weekly format for the summer. Look for our next Arts Buzz on July 18.
ARTS & CULTURE
› Playwrights! Submit your script by July 23 to the Faculty of Arts New Works Festival to get your play produced!
› Don’t forget to vote for the 2017 Edmonton Public Library’s Alberta Reader’s Choice Awards, which features arts alums Todd Babiak (’95 BA) for Son of France, Lauralyn Chow (’80 BA) for Paper Teeth, Natasha Deen (’03 BA, Psychology) for Gatekeeper and Katherine Koller (’87 MA) for Art Lessons! Vote here.
› The Seven Music Fest is set to begin in the heart of St. Albert at Seven Hills (Mission Park). The full day event hosts musical acts on the main stage and feature a variety of vendors including food, artists, and merchants, and will feature Department of Music‘s undergrad advisor Steven Tchir and his band The Provincial Archive.
› A Canada 150 celebration? Not so fast. A history of settler-colonialism has left many feeling conflicted about our national celebration. Read this special Canada 150 feature here.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
› Congratulations to Jordan Abel (’08 BA/English and Film Studies) who has won the $65K Griffin Poetry Prize for his collection, Injun, which explores the history and impact of the representation of Indigenous people in pulp western novels published between 1840 and 1950. Read this Globe & Mail interview with Jordan here.
› Imperial Plots, the fourth book by Department of History and Classics professor Sarah Carter has won two major prizes at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences: The Clio Prize (Prairies) for “exceptional contribution” to regional history and the Gita Chaudhuri Prize for the best book of history of women in rural environments.
› Srdja Pavlovic (History and Classics/Wirth Institute) is quoted in the latest Economist article, “The West backs Balkan autocrats to keep the peace, again.”
› The Writers’ Guild of Alberta revealed the winners of the 2017 Alberta Literary Awards on June 10. Congratulations to all, including dramatist Vern Thiessen (’92 MFA), fifth year English and Film Studies undergrad Austen Lee, and Candas Jane Dorsey (’75 BA), who received the WGA Golden Pen Award for Lifetime Achievement!
› Congratulations to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin (’68 MA), who along with two-time Governor General’s Award for fiction recipient and professor emeritus Rudy Wiebe, have been named one of Postmedia’s 150 Albertans!
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