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2022 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Winners
The winners of the 2022 Alberta Book Publishing Awards have been announced! These awards celebrate the essential role Alberta book publishers play in supporting authors and telling Alberta’s story. As the critical middle piece of the storytelling process, Alberta book publishers bring stories by Alberta authors to life.
The awards gala was hosted at the Hotel Arts in Calgary and was the BPAA’s first in-person event in over two years. At this year’s gala, Carol Holmes, former executive director of the Writers Guild of Alberta, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement in Publishing Award for her long-standing contributions to Alberta’s literary and publishing community. Laberinto Press and publisher Luciana Erregue Sacchi were also recognized with the Emerging Publisher of the Year Award.
For those that were unable to attend, a recording of the awards gala will be available on the BPAA YouTube Channel in a few weeks.
Click on the publisher name next to each winning book listed below to find more information about that title. And click the “Shop Local” button at the top of the list, to find your local, independent bookstore.
Congratulations to all the winning and shortlisted publishers, authors, and designers!
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Douglas Barbour Award for Speculative Fiction
Tyche Books, for Water edited by Rhonda Parrish
Water: Selkies, Sirens, & Sea Monsters
Edited by Rhonda Parrish
Published; August 9, 2021 by Tyche Books
Brush Education, for Introduction to Early Childhood Education and Care by Carole Massing and Mary Lynne Matheson
Freehand Books, for The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour by Dawn Dumont
Renegade Arts Entertainment, for Electric Vice by Kat Simmers and Ryan Danny Owen
Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry
University of Alberta Press, for The Bad Wife by Micheline Maylor
Durvile & UpRoute Books, for The River Troll written and illustrated by Rich Théroux
University of Alberta Press, for Impact edited by E.D. Morin and Jane Cawthorne
Athabasca University Press, for Bucking Conservatism edited by Leon Crane Bear, Larry Hannant, and Karissa Robyn Patton
Scholarly and Academic
Athabasca University Press, for Regime of Obstruction edited by William K. Carroll
Book Cover Design
Freehand Books, for The Party Is Here by Georgina Beaty, cover design by Natalie Olsen (Kisscut Design)
NeWest Press, for Coconut by Nisha Patel, designed by Natalie Olsen (Kisscut Design)
Published: Apr 01, 2021 by NeWest Press
University of Alberta Press, for On Foot To Canterbury by Ken Haigh, designed by Alan Brownoff
Children’s & YA
Red Barn Books, for Alberta Blue by Pat Hatherly, illustrated by Jesse Horne