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The 2020 Alberta Publishing Awards

Each year, the Alberta Book Publishing Awards celebrate the best books, designs, presses, and more in Alberta publishing. Publishers submit their books and best cover designs and the winners are selected through a peer jury process in up to fourteen award categories. The winners represent the height of the Alberta book publishing industry as adjudicated by experts and publishing professionals from across Canada. The awards are announced and celebrated in September in either Edmonton or Calgary but this past year required some creative thinking as the COVID-19 pandemic made it unsafe to gather.

The Book Publishers Association of Alberta pulled together an incredible virtual gala that was live streamed on YouTube. Check out the winners below!  

 

Trade Fiction

University of Calgary Press for The Red Chesterfield by Wayne Arthurson

The Red Chesterfield

Wayne Arthurson (CA)

Published: Oct 15, 2019 by University of Calgary Press
ISBN: 9781773850771

Trade Non-Fiction

University of Alberta Press for Power Play: Professional Hockey and the Politics of Urban Development by Jay Scherer, David Mills, and Linda Sloan McCulloch

Power Play: Professional Hockey and the Politics of Urban Development

Jay Scherer (CA), David Mills (CA), Linda Sloan McCulloch (CA)

Published: Oct 10, 2019 by University of Alberta Press
ISBN: 9781772124934

Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry

University of Calgary Press for Exhibit by Paul Zits

Exhibit

Paul Zits (CA)

Published: Jan 31, 2019 by University of Calgary Press
ISBN: 9781773850689

Speculative Fiction

Freehand Books for Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt

Agnes, Murderess

Sarah Leavitt (CA)

Published: Sep 07, 2019 by Freehand Books
ISBN: 9781988298474

Scholarly & Academic

University of Alberta Press for John Rae, Arctic Explorer by John Rae, edited by William Barr

John Rae, Arctic Explorer: The Unfinished Autobiography

John Rae

Published: Jan 03, 2019 by University of Alberta Press
ISBN: 9781772123326

 

Learning

Eschia Books for Little Women’s Lodge Kit by Darlene Auger

Cover-for-LittleWomensLodgeKit

For more information about this book, click here.

Children’s & Young Adult

Durvile Publications & Uproute Books for Lillian & Kokomis: The Spirit of Dance by Lynda Partridge

Lillian and Kokomis: The Spirit of Dance

Lynda Partridge (CA)

Published: Mar 21, 2019 by Durvile Publications
ISBN: 9781988824277

 

Book Design

University of Alberta Press for Knowings and Knots edited by Natalie Loveless and designed by Alan Brownoff

Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation

Published: Dec 09, 2019 by University of Alberta Press
ISBN: 9781772124859

Book Cover Design

NeWest Press for Echolocation by Karen Hofmann and designed by Natalie Olsen (Kisscut Design)

Echolocation

Karen Hofmann (CA)

Published: May 01, 2019 by NeWest Press
ISBN: 9781988732565

 

Book Illustration

Renegade Arts Entertainment for Pass Me By: Gone Fishin’ written by Kyle Simmers and Ryan Danny Owen, and illustrated by Kyle Simmers

Pass Me By: Gone Fishin’

by Kyle Simmers (CA), Ryan Danny Owen

Published: Nov 06, 2019 by Renegade Arts Entertainment
ISBN: 9781988903590

Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence

Frontenac House Ltd. for their Quartet 2019, edited by Micheline Maylor

Against Forgetting

Keith Garebian (CA)

Published: Sep 15, 2019 by Frontenac House Ltd.
ISBN: 9781927823941

 

 

Baddie One Shoe

Natalie Meisner (CA)

Published: Sep 15, 2019 by Frontenac House Ltd.
ISBN: 9781927823965

 

 

 

Waterline Immersion

Conrad Scott (CA)

Published: Sep 15, 2019 by Frontenac House Ltd.
ISBN: 9781927823972

Common Brown House Moths

Laura Zacharin (CA)

Published: Sep 15, 2019 by Frontenac House Ltd.
ISBN: 9781927823989

Mel Hurtig Publisher of the Year

University of Alberta Press

Emerging Publisher of The Year

Red Barn Books

Special Achievement Award

Alberta Views

Glass Bookshop

Lifetime Achievement in Publishing

Jerome Martin