Alberta Book Publishing Awards

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About the awards

As the critical middle piece of the storytelling process, Alberta book publishers enrich and sustain the cultural and social landscape of our province. Releasing a range of quality titles each year, they bring Alberta’s Story to life and share it locally, nationally and internationally.

Created to recognize and celebrate the best of the Alberta book publishing industry, the Alberta Book Publishing Awards have grown alongside the industry to capture the excellence and innovation of Alberta’s book publishers.

Each year, the winners of the Alberta Book Publishing awards 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.

Winners will be awarded at the 2024 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Gala, which will be held at the Varscona Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta, on September 24, 2024. More information will be released soon.

2024 Shortlist

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Children’s & Young Adult Book of the Year

Sponsored by Marquis Books

Trade Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Sponsored by Houghton Boston Printers

Learning Book of the Year

Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry

Douglas Barbour Award for Speculative Fiction

Scholarly & Academic Book of the Year

Graphic Novel of the Year

  • Renegade Arts Entertainment — Alice of Spades by Chase Kantor, illustrated by Tiffany Tate, Christopher Peterson, and Lucas Gattoni
  • Renegade Arts Entertainment — Secrets of Jarrow written and illustrated by Bill Slavin

Trade Fiction Book of the Year

Regional Book of the Year

Sponsored by Alberta Counsel

Book Cover Design

Sponsored by Friesens

Book Design

Book Illustration

Mel Hurtig Publisher of the Year

Mystery and Thriller Book of the Year

To be announced at the 2024 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Gala

Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence

To be announced at the 2024 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Gala

Special Achievement in Publishing Awards

To be announced at the 2024 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Gala


Thank you to our Gala Sponsors and Funders!

2024 Alberta Publishing Awards Sponsors logos. Friesens, Alberta Counsel, Marquis, Houghton Boston, Writers' Guild of Alberta, Blindman Brewing, and Audreys Books.

Logos for the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Arts Council, City of Calgary, Calgary Arts Development, Government of Alberta, Government of Canada, and Canada Council for the Arts.

Past winners

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

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2023 Awards

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2022 Awards

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2021 Awards

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2020 Awards

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2019 Awards

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2018 Awards

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2017 Awards

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2016 Awards

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2015 Awards

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2014 Awards

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2013 Awards

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2012 Awards

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2011 Awards

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2010 Awards

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2009 Awards

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2008 Awards


2007 Awards

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2006 Awards

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2005 Awards

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2004 Awards

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