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10 Alberta-Published Memoirs, Biographies, and Books About Life

Read Alberta’s November book list shines a spotlight on memoirs, biographies, and books about life. Featuring a graphic novel anthology highlighting the different interpretations of “home,” a collection of biographies about remarkable Indigenous Albertans, a memoir about an author’s childhood in Yellowknife, and more, this book list has a diverse array of voices and experiences represented. Visit your local independent bookstore or Alberta public library to pick up one of these books and start reading.

Edited by Alexander Finbow, Shea Proulx, and Emily Pomeroy

In early 2021, graphic novel publisher Renegade Arts Entertainment put out a call for stories that were quintessentially Albertan. The amazingly diverse response they received— from slice-of-life to fantastical fiction and everything in between— have been collected in Alberta Comics: Home. Within the pages, readers will find a curious mix of pathos, optimism, humour, hope, and reflections on all the different things ‘home’ really means.

Alberta Comics: Home

Jillian Fleck

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

By Margaret Macpherson

In this challenging memoir about her formative years in Yellowknife in the ’60s and ’70s, author Margaret Macpherson lays bare her own white privilege, her multitude of unexamined microaggressions, and how her childhood was shaped by the colonialism and systemic racism that continues today.

Tracking the Caribou Queen: Memoir of a Settler Girlhood

Margaret Macpherson (CA)

Published: Oct 15, 2022 by NeWest Press
ISBN: 9781774390610

By James Marsh

James Marsh tells of his evolution from a troubled childhood to a long career in Canadian publishing that culminated in the creation of The Canadian Encyclopedia — what one reviewer called “the intellectual equivalent of the building of the CPR.”

Know It All: Finding the Impossible Country

James H. Marsh (CA)

Published: Apr 05, 2022 by Durvile Publications
ISBN: 9781988824840

By Samuel LeBaron

Based on more than thirty years of working with children and adults dying from cancer, Dr. Samuel LeBaron’s memoir, Ordinary Deaths, contains stories of longing, confusion, love, and humility—often woven together. Writing as he faces his terminal illness—Stage IV lung cancer—LeBaron reminds us of our need for human connection when experiencing death and loss.

Ordinary Deaths: Stories from Memory

Samuel LeBaron (CA)

Published: Jul 26, 2022 by University of Alberta Press
ISBN: 9781772126563


By Cora Taylor

In Victoria Callihoo: An Amazing Life, author Cora Taylor recounts the life of Victoria Callihoo, a Métis woman who was born before Canada was a nation and was a grandmother by the time Alberta became a province. Through her stories, Taylor will inspire readers with the perspective of a strong woman in the early days of our country.

Victoria Callihoo: An Amazing Life

Cora Taylor (CA)

Published: May 01, 2009 by Eschia Books
ISBN: 9780981094243

By Mowafa Said Househ

Mowafa Said Househ grew up in Edmonton as a visible minority and a Muslim with a deeply fractured family history. His parents fled Palestine in 1948 and arrived in Canada in the 1970s. In the year 2000, when Mowafa visited his family’s homeland of Palestine at the beginning of the Second Intifada, he witnessed the effects of prolonged conflict and occupation.  His memoir depicts the lives of those who live on occupied land and the struggles that define them.

Under the Nakba Tree

Mowafa Said Househ

Published: Feb 28, 2022 by Athabasca University Press
ISBN: 9781771992039

By Lee McLean

Love & Rules is a collection of essays by master horsewoman Lee McLean that covers the spectrum of love, fear, winning, loss, leadership, aging, growth, illness and recovery— all through the medium of horsemanship.

Love & Rules: Life Lessons Learned with Horses

Lee McLean (CA)

Published: Nov 18, 2022 by Red Barn Books Inc.
ISBN: 9781989915080

By Sharon Butala

In this incisive collection, Sharon Butala reflects on the ways her life has changed as she’s grown old. She knows that society fails the elderly massively, and so she tackles ageism and loneliness, friendship and companionship. She writes with pointed wit and acerbic humour about dinner parties and health challenges and forgetfulness and complicated family relationships and the pandemic — and lettuce. And she tells her story with the tremendous skill and beauty of a writer who has masterfully honed her craft over the course of her storied four-decade career.

This Strange Visible Air: Essays on Aging and the Writing Life

Sharon Butala (CA)

Published: Sep 13, 2021 by Freehand Books
ISBN: 9781988298962

By Cora J. Voyageur

As a child, author Cora Voyageur rarely saw Indigenous individuals represented in her history textbooks or pop culture. Willie Nelson sang “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys,” but Voyageur wondered, where were the heroes who looked like her? She chose the title of her book in response to help reflect her reality. In a series of inspirational profiles, My Heroes Have Always Been Indians: A Century of Great Indigenous Albertans celebrates 100 remarkable Indigenous Albertans whose achievements have enriched their communities, the province, and the world.

My Heroes Have Always Been Indians: A Century of Great Indigenous Albertans

Cora J. Voyageur (CA)

Published: Nov 14, 2018 by Brush Education
ISBN: 9781550597547

By Alan Jackson

Nation builders, titans of industry and great thinkers; brilliant writers, movie stars and sports heroes; dirty scoundrels, pirates and hooligans–from the famous and infamous to the nearly forgotten, the great and not-so-great alike have marked Canada’s history in weird and wonderful ways. Pick up Spectacular Canadians by Alan Jackson to learn more! 

Spectacular Canadians: Weird, Wild and Wonderful

Alan Jackson (CA)

Published: Oct 27, 2011 by Blue Bike Books
ISBN: 9781926700342