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2022 Alberta Literary Awards Shortlist

Is there anything that we love more at #ReadAlberta than celebrating our local authors and publishers? Hmmm… nope, there’s not! That’s why we are delighted to see the Alberta Literary Awards and Cities of Edmonton and Calgary Book Prize shortlists come out. Heartfelt congratulations to all the finalists!

You can get the full details here, on the Writer’s Guild of Alberta site. But we’d like to make a special mention of the Alberta-published books on the list, as well as books by a few Read Alberta contributors:

Finalist for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry

Tell the Birds Your Body is Not a Gun

Rayanne Haines (CA)

Published: Apr 15, 2021 by Frontenac House Ltd.
ISBN: 9781989466216

Read an interview with Rayanne Haines about this book.

Check out Rayanne’s podcast, Crow Reads.

Finalist for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry

Think of How Old We Could Get

Tyler Engström (CA)

Published: Nov 04, 2021 by Frontenac House Ltd.
ISBN: 9781989466278

Finalist for the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama

No Harm Done: Three Plays About Medical Conditions

Eugene Stickland (CA), Crystal Phillips (CA), Bin Hu (CA)

Published: Oct 01, 2021 by Durvile Publications
ISBN: 9781988824703

Finalist for the 2022 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize

Burning the Night

Glen Huser (CA)

Published: May 15, 2021 by NeWest Press
ISBN: 9781774390115

Finalist for the 2022 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize and the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction 

The Annual Migration of Clouds

Premee Mohamed (CA)

Published: Sep 28, 2021 by ECW Press
ISBN: 9781770415935

Listen to the Crow Reads interview with Premee Mohamed here.

Finalist for the Short Story Collection Award

Double Wahala, Double Trouble

Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike (CA)

Published: Nov 26, 2021 by Griots Lounge Publishing Canada
ISBN: 9781777688400

Check out Uche Peter Umezurike’s Read Alberta columns here.

Finalist for the Short Story Collection Award

Tainna: The Unseen Ones, Short Stories

Norma Dunning (CA)

Published: Mar 27, 2021 by Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Ltd.
ISBN: 9781771622714

Read interviews with Norma Dunning here and here.

Finalist for the Short Story Collection Award

Vermin: Short Stories

Lori Hahnel (CA)

Published: Oct 22, 2020 by Great Plains Publications
ISBN: 9781773370460

Read an interview with Lori Hahnel here.

Finalist for the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award

Bryan Ali
credit: Life Photo

“Bad Extra”

by Ali Bryan, who has two books published with Freehand Books.