The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) was founded in 1975 to support the development of a thriving provincial publishing industry, away from Canada’s traditional book publishing centres. Today one of the strongest communities of regional publishers in North America, the BPAA counts over 30 member companies, many of which are owned and operated in Alberta. Our members publish books by local, national and international authors and provide significant cultural and economic benefits to this province. They work with writers, printers, artists and other creative people to produce high quality books that are sold in Alberta and throughout the world.
Staff & Board
- Kieran Leblanc, Executive Director
- Patricia Veldstra, Project Coordinator
- Lou Morin, Digital Consultant
BPAA Executive Board 2017-18
- Alexander Finbow, President
- Cathie Crooks, Treasurer
- Faye Boer, Secretary
- Netta Johnson, Member-at-large
- JoAnn McCaig, Member-at-large
- Matt Bowes, Member at Large
- Glenn Rollans, Past President
The BPAA undertakes various advocacy initiatives to raise awareness – among government agencies and the public – of the depth and breadth of the book publishing industry in Alberta, of its ongoing need for predictable, sustainable funding, and of the contribution book publishers make to their communities. The association has been involved in discussions surrounding copyright legislation (Bill C-11), and participated in the review of Foreign Ownership as part of the Association of Canadian Publishers’ submission on behalf of their members. The BPAA meets with municipal, provincial and federal government representatives, along with other cultural industries, to promote the book publishing industry and raise the profile of the industry in Alberta and Canada.
Information sharing is a central benefit of membership in the BPAA. Our monthly e-newsletter, Bibliophax, updates our members on marketing opportunities, new releases, events, employment opportunities, association business, awards, program deadlines, and other late-breaking news. Open to all members, our board meetings provide an invaluable window on the industry. The BPAA Office responds to all enquiries on publishing from its members, the public, the media, and industry representatives.
We maintain an online directory of member publishers. We also distribute it in print to booksellers, schools and libraries, throughout western Canada and at the many displays and exhibits we attend.
Our professional development program offers seminars and workshops that help keep our members informed about new developments in publishing, technology and management. Our PD program is also open to non-members who are interested in learning about book publishing.
The BPAA hosts the annual Alberta Book Awards, honouring excellence in writing and publishing in all genres.
Read Alberta Books
The BPAA participates in events – including book fairs and booksellers’ conventions, library events, teachers’ conventions and public festivals – to promote Alberta’s books. Full and associate members’ current titles are displayed. Individual members are welcome to work from our booths.
Our staff members attend seminars and meetings related to marketing Alberta books, and pass this information to members.
The BPAA provides timely information for members about funding opportunities for the book publishing industry. See our Funding Resources section.
- Access Copyright (formerly Cancopy)
- Alberta Magazine Publishers Association
- Alberta Partners for Arts and Culture
- The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia
- Association of Canadian Publishers
- Book and Periodical Council
- BookNet Canada
- Calgary Arts Development
- Canadian Children’s Book Centre
- Canadian Publishers’ Council
- Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers
- Cultural Human Resources Council
- eBound Canada
- Editors’ Association of Canada
- Edmonton Arts Council
- Freedom to Read
- Library Association of Alberta
- Livres Canada Books
- Indexing Society of Canada
- The League of Canadian Poets
- Literary Press Group
- Magazines Canada
- Markets Initiative
- Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton
- Publishers Association of the West
- Retail Council of Canada
- Saskatchewan Publishers Group
- Young Alberta Book Society
- Writers Guild of Alberta
With thanks to our funders