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There are two things you might not know about Jason Priestley. First, his mom is an award-winning real estate agent in Vancouver. Second, she’s originally from Edmonton.
Sharon Mason, the 79-year-old real estate veteran is sharing her professional thoughts in a new book, For the Love of Real Estate: Tales From the Trenches, out last month from Influence Publishing.
Mason got started in real estate later in life, working towards her certification just before turning 40. It was a time to reassess where she was in life and move toward a career goal; at the time, she hoped to bring home $20,000 a year to help the family.
“I thought about law school. I’m a real nerd and love studying, but I decided I wasn’t going to spend my life pouring over corporate documents,” says Mason. “Because of my dad, I think I had so many lessons about real estate. I learned so much about houses and construction and helping people and what can happen that it was sort of a natural segue for me to dip my toe in that water.”
Her father, Lorrace Kirck, grew up in Edmonton and went to high school with Leslie Nielsen. He moved the family to Victoria after the Second World War and eventually became an important part of the real estate market in British Columbia.
For the Love of Real Estate follows Mason’s journey, providing insight into the industry for business insiders and the general public looking to get a glimpse behind the curtain. She talks about nightmare clients who think they know everything or deals that went sideways, and the lessons to be learned from both.
But Mason also highlights the good work real estate agents can do with clients they really care about.
“It’s all about relationships and longevity; I have clients I have been working with since the 1980s,” says Mason. “When we start working with a client, we want what’s best for them, not what’s best for us.”
While her daughter Justine eventually followed in her family’s real-estate footsteps, did she ever think of asking Priestley to take up the family business?
“No no no. He’s doing exactly what he’s born to do,” says Mason of her acting son who found fame as Brandon Walsh on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210. “He never stops working. He goes from one project to another.”
Find the book and more about the author at sharonmasonrealestate.com.
Climbing the publishing ladder
A self-published author has signed a deal to get her book out to a wider audience.
Bee Waeland signed a deal with the child-focused Orca Book Publishers, for her work, The Three Bears and Goldilocks. The book is a retelling of the classic fairy tale but without any words.
The deal with Orca means a minor update to the book and a wider distribution. Waeland is the co-owner of Vivid Print and originally self-published the book in late 2020. There will be a release party for the new publication at Glass Bookshop this Saturday.
For more details about the book launch and to find out more about the author, visit beewaeland.com.
Poetry from an Indigenous historical perspective
A debut collection of poetry is coming from Dene and Métis author and artist Matthew Weigel.
Whitemud Walking is his first published collection of poetry, released this month from Coach House Books. He explores the land he was born on and the institutions that occupy that land. He delves into archives to explore the history of the place using photos, documents and poetry to uncover the realities and the impacts of colonialism on Indigenous people.
Weigel is a multi-disciplinary artist and the designer at Moon Jelly House press. His chapbook It Was Treaty/It Was Me won the 2021 bpNichol Chapbook Award.
For more about the author, visit matthewjamesweigel.com.
A horror trilogy’s finale
The finale to Premee Mohamed’s Beneath the Rising sci-fi horror trilogy will be arriving April 26.
The Void Ascendant is the third and final installation from Rebellion Publishing. The book caps off the adventures of Nick Prasad as he battles unspeakable evil and ancient gods to free the world from their grasp.
Mohamed’s work has been nominated for a number of awards in the last few months, including her novella The Annual Migration of Clouds being listed as a finalist for the City of Edmonton Book Prize. She also recently announced the novella will receive two follow ups.
For more about the author, visit premeemohamed.com.
New voice from St. Albert
A new author from St. Albert published her first book in February, a fantasy journey for a younger audience.
The Song of Magic is Kaelyn Hamm’s first publication. A 15-year-old girl is pulled into a world of magic, traveling with an elf and an imp to save the elven capital from being exposed. The story takes place across Canada, including a stop in Edmonton.
Hamm is a musician and performer from the bedroom community north of Edmonton. Hamm self-published the book under her own imprint, Jazz Cat Publishing, land already has plans for future titles.
For more about the author, visit kaelynhamm.com.