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Reading Red by the Brook or in Bed

a ROYGBIV colour spectrum

Roses are red, Violets are blue

books Come in all colours

And there’s certainly one for you …

It’s Spring, the world is puddle-wonderful, the colours of the rainbow are waving up high, and it’s time to celebrate the wonderful work designers do. Read Alberta asked members of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta to send us covers of books that span the entire spectrum. In the months that follow, we will feature book covers from Alberta publishers in all the colours of the rainbow, starting with RED…

Jonathan Locke Hart

Working within the framework of a classic poetic form, Jonathan Locke Hart embarks on an extended meditation on our rootedness in landscape and in the past.


Jonathan Locke Hart

Published: Apr 01, 2011 by Athabasca University Press
ISBN: 9781897425909

10 Days That Shaped Modern Canada
Aaron Hughes

Revisiting ten notable days from recent history, Aaron W. Hughes invites readers to think about the tensions, events, and personalities that make Canada distinct.

10 Days That Shaped Modern Canada

Aaron Hughes (CA)

Published: Aug 15, 2022 by University of Alberta Press
ISBN: 9781772126327

After Alice
Karen Hofmann

After retiring from the heady world of academia, Sidonie von Täler has returned to the small Okanagan Valley town she escaped in her youth for the lights of the big city. The family orchard has since gone to seed, and ever decades later Sidonie still finds herself living in the shadow of her deceased older sister Alice.

After Alice

Karen Hofmann (CA)

Published: Apr 01, 2014 by NeWest Press
ISBN: 9781927063460

Canadian Outdoor Survival Guide
Duane Radford

This book is straightforward, practical guide for taking care of yourself (and others) in a survival situation with crucial, basic survival skills required for an emergency situation during all four seasons in all wilderness areas of Canada.

Canadian Outdoor Survival Guide

Duane Radford

Published: May 15, 2022 by Lone Pine Publishing
ISBN: 9781551056050

Weird Canadian Traditions and Superstitions
Lisa Wojna

Don’t walk under ladders! Place a star on the top of your Christmas tree. Superstitions and traditions often govern how we participate in life. But what of the uniquely Canadian superstitions and traditions practised across the country? Discover Canada’s weird traditions and superstitions in this fun-packed collection!

Weird Canadian Traditions and Superstitions

Lisa Wojna (CA)

Published: Aug 17, 2009 by Blue Bike Books
ISBN: 9781897278581

How the Polish Created Canada
Jacek Kozak

For generations, the Polish have been among the top ten immigrants to Canada. With them has come their rich culture, religious strength and steadfast work ethic, which have all contributed to many outstanding achievements in the development of our country. Canada owes a debt to Polish Canadians for Medicare and multiculturalism, beautiful music and the ”black gold” hewn from its coalmines, for the Queen’s Plate horse race and delicious cuisine. This book will give you a taste of just how the Polish created Canada.

How the Polish Created Canada

Jacek Kozak

Published: Nov 17, 2011 by Dragon Hill Publishing
ISBN: 9781896124568

The Red Chesterfield
Wayne Arthurson

The Red Chesterfield is a delightful, unusual novella that upends the tropes and traditions of crime fiction while asking how far one person is willing to go to solve a crime, be it murder or the abandonment of a piece of furniture.

The Red Chesterfield

Wayne Arthurson (CA)

Published: Oct 15, 2019 by University of Calgary Press
ISBN: 9781773850771

Victoria Callihoo
Cora Taylor

Victoria Callihoo was born before Canada was a nation, and was a grandmother by the time Alberta became a province. She travelled with her family on the buffalo hunt on a Red River cart when the herds were so numerous they resembled a moving brown sea. She embraced her Metis heritage and shared her stories with her children and her friends. Through her stories, she inspires us with the perspective of a strong woman in the early days of our country. She gives us a window onto the world of the Metis and provides us with an image of what it was like to be a woman during the time of the buffalo hunt.

Victoria Callihoo: An Amazing Life

Cora Taylor (CA)

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

The Party Is Here
Georgina Beaty

Edgy and darkly humorous, these stories introduce us to women grappling with climate, fertility, and their relationships with each other, all as they teeter on the verge of transformation. A figure skater in a warming world quits, only to find herself embroiled in the politics of ice; a graduate student becomes progressively unhinged as she reports on the unravelling of her Patagonia research project; an artist finds an unconventional use for her own frozen eggs; a park ranger at Joshua Tree National Park goes to extreme lengths to save his beloved tortoises.

The Party Is Here

Georgina Beaty (CA)

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

The Rangeland Derby
Glen Mikkelsen

In 2023, the Rangeland Derby celebrates its 100th anniversary. There is simply no other race like it. The Calgary Stampede’s Rangeland Derby brings together a unique community of men, women and horses for the toughest teamster competition in the world! This book takes its hat off to this incomparable contest and gallops into the lives, stories and true tall tales of the men and women in a community that has no equal.

Rangeland Derby, The: 100 Years of Chuckwagon Racing at the Calgary Stampede

Glen Mikkelsen (CA)

Published: Mar 01, 2023 by Folklore Publishing
ISBN: 9781773110134

The Ghost of You
Margarita Saona

Nothing says post-anthropocentric like Saona’s stories. Her characters, resisting gender and other labels inhabit cities that while existing in the real world, refuse to be pinned down on a map. In Saona’s stories, animals behave like humans, humans, like animals, or the elements, in a relentless phantasmagoria reminiscent of ancient mythology.

The Ghost of You

Margarita Saona

Published: Mar 31, 2023 by Laberinto Press
ISBN: 9781777085926

Jeff Martin

Redcoats-ish, Jeff Martin’s War of 1812, collects the complete 101 comic strip run of weekly web-comics featuring the misadventures of John and George, two not-so-fearless men of the Canadian militia. Heeding the call to defend Canada against the invading American army, John and George are now doing their best to be heroes, whilst also working hard to avoid battles, marching, danger or anything else that involves effort. This a good fun read for anyone looking for War of 1812 adventures that make you chuckle.


Jeff Martin (CA)

Published: Sep 24, 2014 by Renegade Arts Entertainment
ISBN: 9780992150860