Industry News

2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Shortlist

Edmonton – The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards. The following shortlist represents the finest of Alberta book publishing as determined by leading professionals in the book industry from across Canada. “At a time in our world when reading and books have

Media Release: Book Publishers Association of Alberta Endorses Association of Canadian Publishers’ Statement on Anti-Black Racism

Edmonton – The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) is endorsing the statement, released June 5, from the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP). Members of the BPAA join with our national counterparts to stand in solidarity with those who have taken to the streets in protest against the ongoing, brutal, and systemic anti-Black racism that

Federal Court of Appeal Announces Decision in Access Copyright vs. York University

On April 22, the Federal Court of Appeal issued a decision on the legal action between Access Copyright and York University. It ruled that the fair-dealing guidelines adopted by York do not meet standards, but has ruled that tariffs are not mandatory. The positive outcome of the finding on fair dealing is counteracted by the

Media Release: Alberta’s Book Publishers Celebrate “World Book Day”

Alberta – On World Book and Copyright Day, the Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) stands together with the book industry in Canada and around the world in calling upon governments to continue to provide economic relief during the COVID-19 crisis. It is vital that we recognize the significant benefits the industry affords our province,

Media Release: World Book Day: Minister Aheer and Minister Madu

Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, and Kaycee Madu, Minister of Municipal Affairs, issued the following statement on World Book and Copyright Day: “On World Book and Copyright Day, we celebrate Alberta’s book publishing industry, which is essential to creating and sharing Alberta’s culture at home and abroad. “This year

BPAA COVID-19 Response: Resource Page

The BPAA will be maintaining a resource page with relevant information about the impacts COVID-19 is having on Alberta, Canada, and the publishing industry in general. You can see more here, and we will be updating this daily as important updates or changes are made. If you have any questions or information to add, please

2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Now Open for Submissions

The 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards will be accepting submissions beginning on January 2, 2020 in the following categories: Book of the Year: Children and Young Adult, Learning, Scholarly and Academic, the Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry, Speculative Fiction, Trade Fiction, and Trade Non-Fiction. Book Design: Book Cover, Book Design, Illustration. Industry Awards: Mel Hurtig

Media Release: Weekly Alberta Bestseller List and changes to the Edmonton Bestseller List

Edmonton – Since January 2017, the Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) has been collaborating with Audreys Books to distribute a weekly bestseller list of fiction and non-fiction books sold in Edmonton.  We are pleased to announce that, starting on December 6, the BPAA will release a weekly Alberta bestseller list based on sales in

Media Release: Alberta’s Book Publishers Celebrate “Alberta Book Day”

Edmonton – The members of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) wish to thank the Alberta Government, through the announcement by Minister Aheer today, for declaring November 6, 2019 as the second annual “Alberta Book Day”. The day has been designated to celebrate the depth and breadth of the book publishing industry in Alberta,

Media Release: Alberta-published books gain national recognition

The Governor General’s Literary Award finalists were announced on October 2, and Alberta publishers University of Alberta Press and Freehand Books and were both represented. Tiny Lights for Travellers (University of Alberta Press), by Calgary author Naomi K. Lewis, is a finalist in the non-fiction category. The Student (Freehand Books), by Cary Fagan, is a