Alberta Book Publishing Awards

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2021 Award Winners

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About the awards

Established in 1994, these annual awards recognize and celebrate the best of the Alberta book publishing industry. Each year, the Alberta Book Publishing Awards winners are selected through a peer jury process in up to 16 award categories. This much-anticipated event draws industry, government and media attention to the world-class excellence of Alberta’s publishing industry.

The 2021 Alberta Book Publishing Awards were announced virtually, on the BPAA YouTube channel. The video is still available to watch at any time through the previous link.

2021 Award Winners

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Download the 2021 Albert Book Publishing Awards Shortlist

You can find copies of the winning titles through the following links:

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Learning Book of the Year

 

The Educational Assistant's Guide to Supporting Inclusion in a Diverse Society
Brush Education Logo

The Educational Assistant’s Guide to Supporting Inclusion in a Diverse Society
by Carole Massing, Bonnie Anderson, and Carol Anderson

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Trade Non-Fiction Book of the Year sponsored by Houghton Boston Printers

 

An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading

 

University of Alberta Press logo

 

An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading
by Dionne Brand

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Speculative Fiction Book of the Year

 

In Veritas

 

NeWest Press

In Veritas
by C.J. Lavigne

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Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry

 

Nautilus and Bone

 

Frontenac House

Nautilus and Bone
by Lisa Richter

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Graphic Novel of the Year

 

Awkward Pause

 

Renegade Arts Entertainment

Awkward Pause
by Ryan Harby

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Children’s & Young Adult Book of the Year sponsored by Marquis

 

Howdy, I’m John Ware

 

Red Barn Books

Howdy, I’m John Ware
written by Ayesha Clough and illustrated by Hugh Rookwood

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Scholarly & Academic Book of the Year

 

Our Whole Gwich’in Way of Life Has Changed / Gwich’in K’yuu Gwiidandài’ Tthak Ejuk Gòonlih: Stories from the People of the Land

 

University of Alberta Press

 

Our Whole Gwich’in Way of Life Has Changed / Gwich’in K’yuu Gwiidandài’ Tthak Ejuk Gòonlih: Stories from the People of the Land
by Leslie McCartney and Gwich’in Tribal Council

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Trade Fiction Book of the Year

 

Watershed

 

Freehand Books

 

Watershed
by Doreen Vanderstoop

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Regional Book of the Year

 

Borderlands

 

Frontenac House

 

Borderlands
by Mark Vitaris

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Book Cover Design sponsored by Friesens

 

The End of Me

 

Freehand Books

 

The End of Me by John Gould
Book cover design by Natalie Olsen of Kisscut Design

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Book Illustration

 

A Brush With Depth

 

Frontenac House

 

A Brush With Depth
written and illustrated by Rick Sealock

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Book Design

 

If Sylvie Had Nine Lives

 

Freehand Books

If Sylvie Had Nine Lives by Leona Theis
Designed by Natalie Olsen of Kisscut Design

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Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence

 

One Madder Woman

 

Freehand Books
One Madder Woman by Dede Crane
Edited by Deborah Willis
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Special Achievement in Publishing Awards

 

The Centre for Equitable Library Access

 

The Centre for Equitable Library Access

 

The National Network for Equitable Library Service

 

The National Network for Equitable Library Service

 

Past winners

You can find copies of the winning and nominated titles through the following links:

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