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2021 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Winners

The (virtual) event of the season is complete and the winners of the 2021 Alberta Book Publishing Awards have been announced! We’re so excited to share them with you. 

These awards, presented by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA), honour excellence in book publishing in our province across over a dozen categories. Established in 1994, these annual awards are a chance for the Alberta book community to take stock and celebrate all the amazing work that has been accomplished over this unusual and challenging year. 

The winners were awarded at a presentation on the BPAA YouTube channel on Friday, September 17. View it here: http://ow.ly/qP0g50G6tka and join the conversation on social media at #ABPubAwards#ABbooks.

Click here to view a full list of the finalists. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Children’s & YA

Red Barn Books, for Howdy, I’m John Ware by Ayesha Clough & Hugh Rookwood

Howdy, I’m John Ware

Ayesha Clough (CA)

Published: Jun 01, 2020 by Red Barn Books
ISBN: 9781999108786

Editorial

Freehand Books, for One Madder Woman by Dede Crane, edited by Deborah Willis

One Madder Woman

Dede Crane (CA)

Published: Sep 01, 2020 by Freehand Books
ISBN: 9781988298689

Speculative Fiction

NeWest Press, for In Veritas by C. J. Lavigne

In Veritas

C.J. Lavigne (CA)

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

Learning

Brush Education, for The Educational Assistant’s Guide to Supporting Inclusion in a Diverse Society by Carole Massing, Bonnie Anderson, and Carol Anderson

The Educational Assistant’s Guide to Supporting Inclusion in a Diverse Society

Carole Massing (CA), Bonnie Anderson (CA), Carol Anderson (CA)

Published: Aug 03, 2020 by Brush Education
ISBN: 9781550598582

Trade Fiction

Freehand Books, for Watershed by Doreen Vanderstoop

Watershed

Doreen Vanderstoop (CA)

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

Graphic Novel

Renegade Arts Entertainment, for Awkward Pause by Ryan Harby

Awkward Pause

Ryan Harby (CA)

Published: by Renegade Arts Entertainment
ISBN: 9781989754023

Poetry

Frontenac House, for Nautilus and Bone by Lisa Richter

Nautilus and Bone

Lisa Richter (CA)

Published: Nov 15, 2020 by Frontenac House Ltd.
ISBN: 9781989466124

Trade Non-Fiction

University of Alberta Press, for An Autobiography of an Autobiography of Reading by Dionne Brand

An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading

Dionne Brand (CA)

Published: Jan 08, 2020 by University of Alberta Press
ISBN: 9781772125085

Regional

Frontenac House, for Borderlands by Mark Vitaris

Borderlands

Mark Vitaris (CA)

Published: Oct 01, 2020 by Frontenac House Ltd.
ISBN: 9781989466070

Scholarly and Academic

University of Alberta Press, for Our Whole Gwich’in Way of Life Has Changed / Gwich’in K’yuu Gwiidandài’ Tthak Ejuk Gòonlih: Stories from the People of the Land by Leslie McCartney and Gwich’in Tribal Council

Our Whole Gwich’in Way of Life Has Changed / Gwich’in K’yuu Gwiidandài’ Tthak Ejuk Gòonlih: Stories from the People of the Land

Leslie McCartney (CA), Gwich’in Tribal Council

Published: Dec 09, 2020 by University of Alberta Press
ISBN: 9781772124828

Book Cover Design

Freehand Books, for The End of Me by John Gould, cover design by Natalie Olsen (Kisscut Design)

The End of Me

John Gould (CA)

Published: May 01, 2020 by Freehand Books
ISBN: 9781988298566

Book Design

Freehand Books, for If Sylvie Had Nine Lives by Leona Theis, book design by Natalie Olsen (Kisscut Design)

If Sylvie Had Nine Lives

Leona Theis (CA)

Published: Sep 01, 2020 by Freehand Books
ISBN: 9781988298719

Book Illustration

Frontenac House, for A Brush With Depth by Rick Sealock

A Brush With Depth: The Art of Rick Sealock

Rick Sealock (CA)

Published: Nov 15, 2020 by Frontenac House Ltd.
ISBN: 9781927823699