Mary Graham is the author of A STUNNING BACKDROP: ALBERTA IN THE MOVIES, 1917-1960, published in October of 2022 by the Bighorn trade book imprint of University of Calgary Press.
A STUNNING BACKDROP won a 2023 Alberta Book Publishing Award (“Regional Book of the Year”) and the 2022 PUBWEST Bronze Medal for Cover Design.
A writer, documentary journalist, and film historian, with a degree in Arts, and graduate degrees in Journalism and Marine Law, Mary has appeared as a feature film specialist on CBC Radio and ARTE, the European Culture Channel. She collaborated with a group of 15 Nakoda Elders from Mini'Thni (Morley) to recapture their unrecognized contributions and illustrate their historic importance to film making in Alberta, and was nominated for an Alberta Literary Award for an essay based on that work.
A second book, on film making in Alberta after 1960, is underway.