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Shortlist Announced for Airdrie Reads 2021

“We wanted to do Airdrie Reads for a couple of reasons. I think 2020 really made people aware of the importance of and freedom in the escapism books give us. Additionally, the Arts has been really impacted by everything, and we wanted to share some love for the literary arts: both in the act of writing and reading. Locally, we also are partnering with local businesses, and providing a different way to engage with them within the respective public health restrictions.”  —Kim Cheel, Big Sky Author Services and Co-Founder of Airdrie Reads

The shortlist has been announced for the inaugural Airdrie Reads, in which prominent Airdrie residents champion Alberta books throughout July and August. Links and access to the live debates can be accessed through airdrielife magazine.

More information is available here.

The five champions who will be defending books are Heather Spearman, Jordan Harris, Sarika Mehta, Kiersten Mohr, and Daniel Nelles.

Here is the shortlist for Airdrie Reads 2021:


Doreen Vanderstoop (CA)

Published: May 01, 2020 by Freehand Books
ISBN: 9781988298597


The Dilettantes

Michael Hingston (CA)

Published: Sep 10, 2013 by Freehand Books
ISBN: 9781554811823
The Figgs

Ali Bryan (CA)

Published: May 01, 2018 by Freehand Books
ISBN: 9781988298252

Flying the Nest

by Joy Norstrom

Published on November 2020 by Dixi Books (UK) Limited

ISBN: 9781913680053


by Merilyn Ruth Liddell

Published by Edge Science Fiction
ISBN: 9781770531826


Robin van Eck (CA)

Published: Nov 01, 2020 by Stonehouse Publishing
ISBN: 9781988754260
In Veritas

C.J. Lavigne (CA)

Published: May 01, 2020 by NeWest Press
ISBN: 9781988732831
The Hill

Ali Bryan (CA)

Published: Mar 12, 2021 by Dottir Press
ISBN: 9781948340328
Are You Ready to Be Lucky?

Rosemary Nixon (CA)

Published: Aug 27, 2013 by Freehand Books
ISBN: 9781554811380

Caught in the Pot

by Hogan Scott

Published in March 2021