Two Alberta Book Advocates Recognized at 2022 ACP Conference

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) held their annual conference in Calgary from 7–9 June. It seems appropriate that the first in-person conference since 2019 was held in Alberta, as two valued members of our book-loving community were recognized for their contributions to Canadian publishing.

Glenn Rollans, President and Publisher of Brush Education, and President of Freehand Books, received the 2022 President’s Award, which is given to ACP members who have made a significant contribution to the Canadian publishing industry and to the ACP. During a long career, Glenn has served the community in many roles. He started out as a freelance writer and editor before becoming editor-in-chief at Lone Pine Publishing. He subsequently became director of the University of Alberta Press, a partner in Les Éditions Duval/Duval House Publishing, and general manager at Thomson Duval. In 2011, he became co-owner of Edmonton-based Brush Education, and full owner in 2020. In 2021, Glenn purchased Calgary-based Freehand Books. Glenn has mentored many publishing professionals in the province, and has served on the boards of Access Copyright, the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, and the ACP, including a term as president from 2017–2019.

Probably the only good thing about Covid-19 has been that we sometimes get to celebrate good news twice. At the same event, Sharon Budnarchuk, retired owner of Audreys Books, was finally able to receive her Honorary Lifetime Membership Award in person. The award, which was given to Sharon in 2020, is presented to an individual or group who is not a member of ACP but has made a significant contribution to the association and to the Canadian publishing industry. Sharon certainly has done that. She began her book industry career in 1969. In 1988 Sharon and her husband, Steve, took charge of Audreys Books, Edmonton’s oldest independent bookstore. Over the years, Sharon built Audreys into a go-to bookstore for Canadian regional history and fiction. Audreys remains a hub for many Alberta writers, hosting regular readings and events venue to showcase the province’s writers and their books.

Read Alberta and the BPAA celebrate your achievements, Glenn and Sharon. We are fortunate to have people like you in Alberta.