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2023 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Winners

The Book Publishers Association of Alberta is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Alberta Book Publishing Awards. 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 enrich and sustain the cultural and social landscape of our province and we are proud to highlight their achievements.

The awards gala was hosted at the Matrix Hotel in Edmonton, and over 130 delegates from across Canada gathered to celebrate the Alberta book publishing industry. A total of 17 awards were presented and we would like to congratulate all of the winning and shortlisted publishers, authors, and designers.

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Douglas Barbour Award for Speculative Fiction

NeWest Press for Ezra’s Ghosts by Darcy Tamayose

Ezra’s Ghosts: Stories

Darcy Tamayose (CA)

Published: Apr 15, 2022 by NeWest Press
ISBN: 9781774390474

Graphic Novel of the Year

Renegade Arts Entertainment for King Warrior by Jay Bulckaert, Erika Nyyssonen, and Halima Muhamud, illustrated by Lucas Green

King Warrior

Jay Bulckaert (CA), Erika Nyyssonen

Published: Sep 14, 2022 by Renegade Arts Entertainment
ISBN: 9781989754146

Mystery and Thriller Book of the Year

NeWest Press for To Those Who Killed Me by J.T. Siemens

To Those Who Killed Me

J.T. Siemens (CA)

Published: Apr 01, 2022 by NeWest Press
ISBN: 9781774390436

Trade Fiction Book of the Year

NeWest Press for Ezra’s Ghosts by Darcy Tamayose

Ezra’s Ghosts: Stories

Darcy Tamayose (CA)

Published: Apr 15, 2022 by NeWest Press
ISBN: 9781774390474

Book Cover Design

Freehand Books for Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell, cover design by Natalie Olsen

Who Has Seen the Wind: 75th Anniversary Illustrated Edition

W.O. Mitchell (CA)

Published: Nov 08, 2022 by Freehand Books
ISBN: 9781990601125

Book Illustration

Renegade Arts Entertainment for Alberta Comics: Home edited by Alexander Finbow, Shea Proulx, and Emily Pomeroy, illustrated by various artists

Alberta Comics: Home

Jillian Fleck

Published: Sep 14, 2022 by Renegade Arts Entertainment
ISBN: 9781989754160

Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence

NeWest Press for There Are Wolves Here Too by Niall Howell, edited by Claire Kelly

Book Cover: There Are Wolves Here Too

There Are Wolves Here Too

Niall Howell (CA)

Published: September 2022 by NeWest Press
ISBN: 978177439059

Special Achievement in Publishing Award

Read Alberta’s very own founding team: Anna Boyar, Heather Lohnes, and Karyn Wisselink!

Headshots: Anna Boyar, Heather Lohnes, Karyn Wisselink

Learning Book of the Year

University of Alberta Press for Canadian Performance Documents and Debates edited by Anthony J. Vickery, Glen F. Nichols, and Allana C. Lindgren

Canadian Performance Documents and Debates: A Sourcebook

Published: Aug 24, 2022 by University of Alberta Press
ISBN: 9781772126044

Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry

Frontenac House for Transcribing Moonlight by Skylar Kay

Transcribing Moonlight

Skylar Kay (CA)

Published: by Frontenac House Ltd.
ISBN: 9781989466346

Children’s & Young Adult
Book of the Year

Red Barn Books for Howdy, I’m Flores LaDue by Ayesha Clough, illustrated by Hugh Rookwood with Keegan Starlight

Howdy, I’m Flores LaDue

Ayesha Clough (CA)

Published: Mar 08, 2022 by Red Barn Books
ISBN: 9781989915042

Scholarly and Academic
Book of the Year

Athabasca University Press for Memory and Landscape edited by Kenneth L. Pratt and Scott A. Heyes

Memory and Landscape: Indigenous Responses to a Changing North

Published: Oct 31, 2022 by Athabasca University Press
ISBN: 9781771993159

Trade Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Freehand Books for Modern Fables by Mikka Jacobsen

Modern Fables

Mikka Jacobsen (CA)

Published: Sep 01, 2022 by Freehand Books
ISBN: 9781990601217

Regional Book of the Year

University of Calgary Press for A Stunning Backdrop by Mary Graham

A Stunning Backdrop: Alberta in the Movies, 1917-1960

Mary Graham (CA)

Published: Oct 31, 2022 by University of Calgary Press
ISBN: 9781773853932

Book Design

Athabasca University Press for Memory and Landscape edited by Kenneth L. Pratt and Scott A. Heyes, cover design by Marvin Harder, interior design by Natalie Olsen (Kisscut Design)

Memory and Landscape: Indigenous Responses to a Changing North

Published: Oct 31, 2022 by Athabasca University Press
ISBN: 9781771993159

Mel Hurtig Publisher of the Year

Logo: NeWest Press

Lifetime Achievement in Publishing Award

Headshot: George Melnyk

George Melnyk, former publisher of NeWest Press