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Remembering Tommy Banks, 1936–2018

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Brian's Blog, CBC, Celebrities, Music, Politics | Comments Off on Remembering Tommy Banks, 1936–2018

At age thirty-one, Tommy Banks was hosting a talk show on CBC television. I talked to him about the show when I interviewed him in 1973.

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Remembering Fil Fraser, 1932–2017

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Brian's Blog | Comments Off on Remembering Fil Fraser, 1932–2017

The Globe and Mail called Fil Fraser a “man of conviction and a powerhouse of creativity.” I was glad to have met him.

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Remembering Joe Shoctor, 1922–2001

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017 in Brian's Blog, Theatre | Comments Off on Remembering Joe Shoctor, 1922–2001

Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre is again developing a play for Broadway, something it last tried twenty-seven years ago. The theatre’s founder, Joe Shoctor, was the one who set out in the 1970s to make Edmonton the try-out capital of Canada.

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The surprise winner of the 2017 Governor General’s Award for nonfiction

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Books, Brian's Blog, Literary awards | Comments Off on The surprise winner of the 2017 Governor General’s Award for nonfiction

This year’s Governor General’s Award for nonfiction went to an American-based journalist who writes mainly for American publications. I have a problem with that.

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The pollster who got it wrong

Posted by on Oct 21, 2017 in Brian's Blog, Politics | Comments Off on The pollster who got it wrong

Mainstreet Research predicted that political newcomer Bill Smith would defeat incumbent Naheed Nenshi in Calgary’s mayoralty race. The pollster ended up eating crow.

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Don’t let your books go out of print!

Posted by on Sep 23, 2017 in Books, Brian's Blog | Comments Off on Don’t let your books go out of print!

My advice for any author whose book has been delisted from a trade publisher’s catalogue.

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Farewell to my beloved sister

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Brian's Blog | Comments Off on Farewell to my beloved sister

My only sister Mary dealt with many health issues during her 67 years, but was always upbeat, always smiling, always ready with a quip.

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The colourful sex life of Con Boland

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Books, Brian's Blog, Celebrities, Justice | Comments Off on The colourful sex life of Con Boland

Edmonton photographer Con Boland died this week of cardiac arrest at age sixty-nine. Here’s some of what I wrote about him in 2003, eight years after his former sex partner, Marilyn Tan, went to court to face an assault charge for injecting him with HIV-positive blood:

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Two more of my titles back in print

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Books, Brian's Blog | Comments Off on Two more of my titles back in print

Alberta Originals and Boondoggles, Bonanzas and Other Alberta Stories are now available both as paperbacks and as ebooks.

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Remembering Jay Scott

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in Brian's Blog, Journalism, Movies | Comments Off on Remembering Jay Scott

Film critic Jay Scott had a talent that wouldn’t quit.

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