Join us for a reading from George Webber's Alberta Book. George will be joined by contributing authors Rosemary Griebel and Fred Stenson.
George Webber's latest book of photography focuses on the vernacular architecture, abandoned townscapes and fading commercial signage from 1950s and 1960s rural Alberta.
The prairies are Webber's physical and spiritual home. Born and raised in Drumheller and now living in Calgary Webber has a palpable connection to the places he photographs. His interpretations are direct, sincere and invested with a sense of history and intimacy that imbues his photographs with a heightened, surreal sense of colour and ambiguity that moves them from the ordinary into the realm of the extraordinary. Haunting, touching, evocative and enigmatic, these images occupy a place somewhere between everywhere and nowhere." - Tobi Bruce, Curator at the Art Gallery of Hamilton
With narrative appreciations from award-winning Alberta writer Fred Stenson and acclaimed Alberta poet Rosemary Griebel, Alberta Book captures and preserves an important part of the province's visual heritage.
George Webber is a renowned documentary photographer whose previous books include Prairie Gothic (RMB, 2012) and Last Call (RMB, 2010). He is the recipient of numerous National Magazine Awards (Canada), two Awards of Excellence from the Society for News Design (USA) and the International Documentary Photography Award (Korea). His photographs have been featured in American Photo,
Canadian Geographic, Lenswork Quarterly, Photolife, The New York Times and Swerve magazine. In 1999 he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in recognition of his contributions to the visual arts in Canada.
Born in the farming community of Castor, Alberta, Rosemary Griebel grew up on the prairies. There she experienced nature as both immense and intimate. It’s common to say that there is little room to romanticize nature when the lives and deaths of animals are commonplace and all around you. Yet Rosemary, currently Special Projects Manager with the Calgary Public Library, where she has worked for 20 years, always knew experience as both something to be felt and something to be spoken of. Rosemary’s poems have been published on CBC’s radio program Anthology, in national journals, in the Calgary Transit’s “Poetry in Motion” series of in-vehicle posters, and in chapbooks by Leaf Press. In the past two years, her poems have won FreeFall magazine’s national poetry contest three times – in the second year of the contest, two of her poems, unknown to the judges to be by the same author, tied for first place.
Fred Stenson is the author of thirteen books, including four novels Lonesome Hero, Last One Home, The Trade and Lightning. He is the recipient of the George Bugnet Novel Award, the City of Edmonton Book Prize and a Giller Prize nomination for The Trade, two AMPIA awards for best documentary script and the Canadian Authors Association Silver Medal for Lonesome Hero. He is the only two—time winner of the $25,000 Grant MacEwan Author’s Prize. He lives in Calgary with his wife, the author and professor Pamela Banting. He has two children.
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