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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, and Sea Monsters booc cover image
Water: Selkies, Sirens, & Sea Monsters
Edited by Rhonda Parrish
Published; August 9, 2021 by Tyche Books
ISBN: 9781989407271

 

 

Learning

Brush Education, for Introduction to Early Childhood Education and Care by Carole Massing and Mary Lynne Matheson

Introduction to Early Childhood Education and Care: An Intercultural Perspective

Carole Massing (CA), Mary Lynne Matheson (CA)

Published: Jul 06, 2021 by Brush Education
ISBN: 9781550598841

Trade Fiction

Freehand Books, for The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour by Dawn Dumont

The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour

Dawn Dumont (CA)

Published: Sep 27, 2021 by Freehand Books
ISBN: 9781988298870

Graphic Novel

Renegade Arts Entertainment, for Electric Vice by Kat Simmers and Ryan Danny Owen

Electric Vice

Kyle Simmers (CA), Ryan Danny Owen

Published: Oct 19, 2021 by Renegade Arts Entertainment
ISBN: 9781988903859

Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry

University of Alberta Press, for The Bad Wife by Micheline Maylor

The Bad Wife

Micheline Maylor (CA)

Published: Mar 09, 2021 by The University of Alberta Press
ISBN: 9781772125481

Book Illustration

Durvile & UpRoute Books, for The River Troll written and illustrated by Rich Théroux

The River Troll: A Story About Love in Color

Rich Théroux (CA)

Published: Feb 15, 2022 by Durvile Publications
ISBN: 9781988824949

Trade Non-Fiction

University of Alberta Press, for Impact edited by E.D. Morin and Jane Cawthorne

Impact: Women Writing After Concussion

Published: Sep 07, 2021 by The University of Alberta Press
ISBN: 9781772125818

Regional

Athabasca University Press, for Bucking Conservatism edited by Leon Crane Bear, Larry Hannant, and Karissa Robyn Patton

Bucking Conservatism: Alternative Stories of Alberta from the 60s and 70s

Published: Jun 30, 2021 by Athabasca University Press
ISBN: 9781771992572

Scholarly and Academic

Athabasca University Press, for Regime of Obstruction edited by William K. Carroll

Regime of Obstruction: How Corporate Power Blocks Energy Democracy

Published: Apr 15, 2021 by Athabasca University Press
ISBN: 9781771992893

Book Cover Design

Freehand Books, for The Party Is Here by Georgina Beaty, cover design by Natalie Olsen (Kisscut Design)

The Party Is Here

Georgina Beaty (CA)

Published: Sep 27, 2021 by Freehand Books
ISBN: 9781988298931

Book Design

NeWest Press, for Coconut by Nisha Patel, designed by Natalie Olsen (Kisscut Design)

Coconut

Nisha Patel (CA)

Published: Apr 01, 2021 by NeWest Press
ISBN: 9781774390238

 

University of Alberta Press, for On Foot To Canterbury by Ken Haigh, designed by Alan Brownoff

On Foot to Canterbury: A Son’s Pilgrimage

Ken Haigh (CA)

Published: Sep 16, 2021 by The University of Alberta Press
ISBN: 9781772125450

Children’s & YA

Red Barn Books, for Alberta Blue by Pat Hatherly, illustrated by Jesse Horne

Alberta Blue: A prairie sky lullaby

Pat Hatherly (CA)

Published: Oct 10, 2021 by Red Barn Books
ISBN: 9781989915028