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The Deeper Truths in Fiction

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Short post about taking risks and moving forward.

Jane Harris, Author

For the last several months, I have pretty much abandoned non-fiction to write a novel. Now why would I do that? I have zero track record with fiction and I have always been able to sell my non-fiction. Why take the risk to try something new?

The answer are simple. First I have a story that has begging me to let it unfold itself into a manuscript, and it refuses to be pushed aside anymore. Second, fiction allows us to speak the truth in a deeper way.

In short, writing fiction is my safe place to face the monsters and say the things I am still afraid to say aloud. We all need a safe place.

That said, once I get the first draft done, it will be time to resume work on my book of essays and send out a few non-fiction queries.  And the long process of revising and…

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April 26, 2018 at 8:25 pm

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Waiting Starts? Ends? in August

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My weekly blog post. Very excited to have one of my essays included in Waiting, an Anthology of Essays. ,

Jane Harris, Author

Since I am back on track with weekly blog posts, I would like to give you a sneak peak at  a collection of essays Waiting, An Anthology of Essays.  Part of the University of Alberta Press’s Robert Kroetsch Series, and edited by Rona Altrows and Julie Sedivy,  the anthology will hit the bookstores the August.

I am excited to have one of my essays,  “Waiting for a Hero,” included in the Waiting Anthologyand it is a pleasure to work with Rona and July. Great editors, and active listeners, for sure!

Want to know more? Here’ s the link:   http://www.uap.ualberta.ca/titles/920-9781772123838-waiting.

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March 12, 2018 at 12:11 am

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Woman Unleashed with Expertise to Defend Canada’s Constitution

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I am a woman unleashed thanks, in no small part to the people at the Monarchist League of Canada, who supported me through my brain injury, three years of therapy, and even one or two PTSD attacks. Who never called me stupid or treated me like a ‘poor baby’ when I made odd spelling errors or got mixed up. They simply found me an editor. It was they who restored my faith in my ability to contribute the public discourse in Canada after a horrendous experience with a political party, and who gave me a constitutional expertise and social media experience that I will now be able to apply to my books, essays, and articles and my social media feeds. I am so excited to take my fight to make Canada better in every way to the trenches and know what I am talking about. Thanks, in no small part to people like Ruth Hart Budd, Robert Finch, Robert Budd, Lorne D. McGlynn, and Roy Eappen, as well as our incredible Dominion Secretary who has had the patience of Job with me as I put my life back together, I believe I can actually do what I am setting out to do. Onward, this is exciting!

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March 3, 2018 at 9:25 pm

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Signature Editions Release

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Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile is now available as an ebook from Signature Editions as well through Chapters, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all major online retailers. The print version of this book is available from J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing as well as through bookstores.

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September 15, 2016 at 4:49 am

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Jane Harris will be at LitFest Alberta October 15, moderating and in conversation with Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, a memoir about living with Cancer.

Date: Oct 15 at 2:00PM, Location: CN Theatre, MacEwan University, Event title: In-Between Days: Living with Cancer.

Jane Harris is the winner of a 2016 Alberta Literary Award, the James H. Gray Award for Short Non-Fiction, and was a finalist in the 2016 Alberta Magazine Publishers’ Association Showcase Awards for her essay, “The Unheard Patient.” Her memoir, Finding Home in the Promised Land, now out in E-Book Format through Signature Editions, is the second book by Jane Harris to be published by J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing. The first, Eugenics and the Firewall: Canada’s Nasty Little Secret was published in 2010. Jane has also contributed to two Canadian anthologies. Her articles about business, personal finance, history, faith, politics and social issues have appeared in more than a dozen publications including Write, Alberta Views, Winnipeg Free Press, Canadian Capital, Alberta Venture, Lethbridge Herald, and The Anglican Journal.

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September 15, 2016 at 4:43 am


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June 7, 2016 — Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile will soon be available in e-book format through Signature Editions. Stayed tuned for more details in the next few weeks.Finding Home cover_HR

Alberta Literary Award Win:

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Jane Harris (Harris-Zsovan) has won a 2016 Alberta Literary Award. She received the James H. Gray Award for short non-fiction at the  Alberta Literary Awards Gala June 4th in Calgary, Alberta. Jane’s essay, “The Unheard Patient,” published in Alberta Views November 2015 issue was also short-listed for a 2016 Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Showcase Award (essay category.)

Jane is also the author of Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile (J. Gordon Shillingford, 2015) and Eugenics and the Firewall (J. Gordon Shillingford, 2010).

The full news release:

2016 Alberta Literary Award Winners Announced

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is pleased to reveal the winners of the 2016 Alberta Literary Awards. More than 120 attended the 2016 Alberta Literary Awards Wine and Cheese Gala, part of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s 2016 Calgary Conference, Creativity and Happiness.

This celebration marked the 34th anniversary of the Alberta Literary Awards and brought together writers from across Alberta.

The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. This year, jurors deliberated over 250 submissions to select 25 finalists in eight categories.

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is the largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada, and was formed in 1980 to provide a meeting ground and collective voice for the writers of the province. Our mission is to inspire, connect, support, encourage, and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

2016 Alberta Literary Awards Winners

R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (Supported by the Under the Arch Youth Foundation at The Calgary Foundation)

  • Kate Boorman (Edmonton) – Winterkill, Abrams/Amulet

Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction (Sponsored by The Banff Centre)

  • Bradley Somer (Calgary) – Fishbowl, St. Martin’s/Raincoast 

Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction (Supported by Jane Stevens and the WGA Board of Directors)

  • Andrew Nikiforuk (Calgary) – Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry, Greystone

Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (Sponsored by Alberta Views)

  • Beth Graham (Edmonton) – The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, Playwrights Canada Press

Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry (Sponsored by Stephan V. Benediktson)

  • Marylin Dumont (Edmonton) – The Pemmican Eaters, ECW Press

James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction (Supported by Tony Johnson)

  • Jane Harris (Lethbridge) – “The Unheard Patient,” Alberta Views

Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story (Supported by Vanna Tessier and Guy Tessier)

  • Thomas Wharton (Edmonton) – “Filters,” FreeFall

Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award (Supported by the Friends of Frances – In Memory of Frances Hern)

  • Elizabeth Withey (Edmonton) – “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

WGA Golden Pen Award for Lifetime Achievement (Supported by Aritha van Herk)

  • Greg Hollingshead


Jane Harris, Author

Now for the Good News: I won the James H. Gray Award at the Alberta Literary Awards in Calgary on Saturday for “The Unheard Patient” published in Alberta Views, November 2015. Here’s the news release: https://lnkd.in/bNa2kz2

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June 6, 2016 at 8:16 pm

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