June 7—A gala at the Royal Alberta Museum after the Writer’s Guild of Alberta’s day-long AGM and mini-conference celebrated some outstanding achievements by Alberta writers working across many genres, three of whom have been Olive Series feature poets.
- Myrna Kostash received the Golden Pen Award for Lifetime Achievement; she read for The Olive in September, 2003.
- Tim Bowling won the Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-fiction after his recent hiatus from poetry to write The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture (Nightwood); he read for The Olive in February, 2001, and again in September, 2001.
- Bert Almon, who recently took the City of Edmonton Book Prize, won the Stephan G. Stephannson Award for Poetry for A Ghost in Waterloo Station (Brindle & Glass); he read for The Olive in September, 2002, and again in September, 2007.
We would like to extend a hearty congratulations to Myrna, Tim, Bert, and to all the WGA’s 2008 Alberta Literary Award winners! More information can be found on the Writer’s Guild of Alberta website and on their official media release about this year’s Alberta Literary Awards.