Here at Read Alberta, we want to celebrate our book community and the people who tell Alberta’s story. Alberta’s book industry has a special spirit of innovation: we have Canada’s first open access publisher; our libraries are offering unprecedented access to local books online through the Read Alberta eBooks collection and the groundbreaking Prairie Indigenous eBooks collection; our cutting-edge literary publishers punch above their weight when it comes to awards and critical acclaim; and our booksellers are resilient, offering previously unheard-of online ordering and delivery options, and pivoting daily to meet our needs.
Spearheaded by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, Read Alberta is a hub where Alberta’s readers, authors, publishers, booksellers, and libraries can connect, support, and learn more about one another. We feature work by Alberta publishers and Alberta authors and illustrators, in celebration of the distinct, diverse voices coming out of our own province, amidst a shared backdrop of prairie fields, windswept badlands, boreal forest, rolling foothills, and majestic mountains.
Read Alberta acknowledges the traditional homeland of the many diverse First Nations, Métis and Inuit people whose elders have walked this land before us, and those persons whom we share this great land with today. We are grateful to work and live upon this territory together, and for the means to learn from all of the traditional peoples of these lands. It is our commitment to all First Nations, Métis and Inuit people that we will continue to work together to build strong and positive relationships, and to consider how we can bring our resources and talents within the book industry to the important work at hand during this era of reconciliation.
Read Alberta is funded in part by the Government of Canada. We are grateful for the support of all our funders:
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Have an idea for an article? We’re always looking for new contributors to Read Alberta!
If you have a pitch for Read Alberta, please read our Contributor Guidelines, below, and email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for stories about Alberta-published books, Alberta writers, and the book community in Alberta. We also publish essays on craft whether it be writing, book design, book binding, or bookselling as long as there is a relation to Alberta. Send us pitches for themed reading lists of Alberta-published books, a feature about your local library, an interview with your favourite Alberta author or book designer.
The Read Alberta Team
Anna Boyar provides book marketing and publicity services to independent Canadian publishers. She reads ebooks in the winter so she can cozy up with her head under a blanket (and still see). In the summer, she loves nothing more than basking in the sun with a print book. She’ll read books in any format in the bath. That’s right, she lives dangerously (despite some tragic submergences). She lives in Calgary, equidistant from Shelf Life Books and Pages on Kensington.
Karyn Wisselink is a social media expert based in Edmonton. She works in marketing and production at an open access scholarly press. She spends her free time cross-country skiing, backpacking, and canoeing in Alberta’s beautiful parks.
Heather Lohnes has a Masters in Publishing from Simon Fraser University. She owns Alpine Book Peddlers, a wholesaler based in Canmore, that works both with bookstores and other retailers who sell books in Alberta and the Canadian Rockies. In other words, she traipses around the province in an ol’ white van leaving a trail of books behind her. She lives with her partner in book peddling and life, Tobias, in the unlikely-named hamlet of Dead Man’s Flats, where she skis, walks her dogs, cuddles her cat, and annoys her neighbours by attempting to learn the ukulele. They prefer it when she’s reading.
About the BPAA
The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) was founded in 1975 to support the development of a thriving provincial publishing industry, away from Canada’s traditional book publishing centres. Today one of the strongest communities of regional publishers in North America, the BPAA counts over 30 member companies, many of which are owned and operated in Alberta. Our members publish books by local, national and international authors and provide significant cultural and economic benefits to this province. They work with writers, printers, artists and other creative people to produce high quality books that are sold in Alberta and throughout the world.