Media Release: January-February Alberta Reads Book Club Pick

Edmonton – The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) is excited to name Pourin’ Down Rain: A Black Woman Claims Her Place in the Canadian West as the fourth Alberta Reads Book Club title.

In this coming-of-age memoir, Cheryl Foggo explores her ancestry and claims her place in the Canadian west as a proud Black woman. Published by Brush Education, this is the 30th anniversary edition of Cheryl Foggo’s landmark work.

“She offers her reader an archive that has been missing from the pages of prairie history, and that is a gift to us all, and especially so for all those whose stories have been for so long untold.”

               —Karina Vernon, editor of The Black Prairie Archives

Over the course of January and February, readers will have the chance to participate in online book club discussions over Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #ABreads and #ABbooks, or through the Alberta Reads Book Club webpage. Further book club events and programming will be announced in the weeks to come.

We encourage Albertans to support local by purchasing a copy of Pourin’ Down Rain from their local indie bookstore. Additionally, Alberta public library patrons can borrow book club titles as eBooks for free using


For more information, please contact:

Kieran Leblanc, Executive Director

Glenn Rollans, President of Brush Education

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Watch the announcement video on YouTube

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