Telling Alberta's Story
Telling Alberta's Story

About Us

Here at Read Alberta, we want to celebrate readers, writers and authors, journalists, editors and photographers, publishers, libraries, and all of the people who tell Alberta’s stories. Spearheaded by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, Read Alberta is a hub where Alberta’s readers, authors, publishers, booksellers, libraries, and educators can connect, support, and learn more about one another. We are pleased to welcome the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association and the opportunity to highlight the immense volume of best-in-class storytelling produced by and for Albertan magazine audiences.

Read Alberta features Alberta-published books and magazines in celebration of the distinct, diverse voices coming out of our own province, amidst a shared backdrop of prairie fields, wind-swept badlands, boreal forest, rolling foothills, and majestic mountains.

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 the backbone of local literary communities through their support of local writers and publishers.

For 26 years, the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association of Alberta has led the way toward a bright future for print media, delivering a diverse offering of stories to Alberta audiences from across the province. The creation of programs like the Indigenous Internship program which provides opportunities for Indigenous peoples in magazine media, the Amber Webb Bowerman Memorial Foundation, which has raised more than $100,000 in awards and scholarships for emerging writers and journalists, and the Alberta Magazine Awards, which honours creators, publishers and publications from B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta, all contribute to a thriving and dynamic magazine industry.

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 Alberta through the Alberta Media Fund.

AMPA and the BPAA acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund and Canada Book Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, as well as Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Alberta through Cultural Industry Grants from the Alberta Media Fund, Calgary Arts Development through the City of Calgary, and Edmonton Arts Council through the City of Edmonton.

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Contact Us

Press release submissions:
iheartbooknews@readalberta.ca

Publisher submissions
Check out our Spring 2021 Submissions Kit 

Contributors:
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 submissions@readalberta.ca

Contributor Guidelines

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.

Resources

Past editions of our newsletter, bestseller lists, and new releases lists can be found on our Resources page. Printable Read Alberta posters can also be found on this page.

The Read Alberta Team

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Peter Midgley is a writer and editor from Edmonton. Over the course of thirty years, he has worked as freelance editor, festival director, university lecturer, managing editor, acquisitions editor, clerk of court, bartender, actor, janitor, and door-to-door salesman. This experience has given him enough material for more than a dozen books. His latest book, let us not think of them as barbarians (NeWest Press), was shortlisted for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award in 2019.
peter@readalberta.ca

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Rebecca Lesser is an Alberta-based editing and communications professional with over 15 years of experience working with non-profit, academic, and publishing industry clients. Her goal is to share information that is clear, concise, and always conscientious. Her most recent work has included website proofreading for business brand advisors Speekes.co; copyediting an academic text on Italian literary history, and a book of fictional short stories; and providing email, newsletter, and website communications for a variety of non-profit organizations across Western Canada. This latest venture as a magazine content editor for Read Alberta is an exciting extension of her ongoing work with the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association. 
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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.

About AMPA

The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) sustains a healthy and thriving magazine industry by serving the people who publish, create, print and distribute a uniquely Albertan view of the world. We’re a classroom, a forum, a newsletter, an advocate and a united voice for magazine publishers in the province. Since 1997, we’ve supported Alberta magazines through promotion, advancement, and practical programs that foster professional development and industry growth.