Introducing the Alberta Reads Book Club!

Edmonton – The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Alberta Reads Book Club, championed by the Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women. This online, province-wide book club will profile the rich culture of books that are published right here in Alberta, while encouraging Albertans to utilize the Read Alberta eBooks collection, and engage meaningfully with one another through books. This project has been made possible thanks to a great collaboration with staff at the Cultural Industries Branch.

Minister Leela Aheer has randomly selected a title for the inaugural Alberta Reads Book Club from a shortlist of titles submitted by Alberta publishers. We’re excited to announce Pass Me By: Gone Fishin’, a beautiful graphic novel published by Renegade Arts Entertainment and written and illustrated by Calgary-based artists, Kyle Simmers and Ryan Danny Owen.

We encourage Albertans to purchase a copy of the chosen title from their local indie bookstore. Alberta public library patrons can borrow book club titles as eBooks for free using the collection of Alberta published books.

Find book club questions, author and publisher information, and details on future Alberta Reads book club titles by visiting the Alberta Reads Book Club webpage, and join the on-going conversation of Pass Me By: Gone Fishin’ by  following #AlbertaReads and #ABbooks on social media.

“We believe this initiative is important now more than ever, as it will provide Albertans with a safe means of connecting with each other during the pandemic.” says Kieran Leblanc, executive director of the BPAA. “Through a mutual love of reading, we can cope in stressful times.”

Alberta Reads Book Club Homepage

BPAA Media Release

Government of Alberta Media Release

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