Alberta Books Catalogue

Browse the latest titles by Alberta book publishers.

Unlocking

by Amy LeBlanc

University of Calgary Press

2021

In Snowton, Alberta, secrets flourish like the crocuses in spring. When Louise Till lets herself into a neighbor’s home using a surreptitiously copied key, she discovers more than she ever wanted to know about her small town and herself. Louise Till, mother of two, has inherited her father’s hardware store after her parents’ unexpected deaths.…

The Bridge: Writing Across the Binary

by Keith Maillard

Freehand Books

2021

As a young child, Keith Maillard asked his mother and grandmother, over and over again, “Am I a boy, or am I a girl?” He was never quite sure. The Bridge is a deeply moving memoir about growing up nonbinary in America in the 1940s and ’50s.…

The Lover, the Lake

by Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau, translated by Susan Ouriou

Freehand Books

2021

On the shores of the unpredictable Lake Abitibi, a young Anishinaabe woman meets a Métis trapper. Their intimate connection plays out in an affair as turbulent as the lake itself. A lyrical, spellbinding novel celebrating Indigenous sensuality.…

Grieving for Pigeons: Twelve Stories of Lahore

by Zubair Ahmad, translated by Anne Murphy

Athabasca University Press

2021

In this poignant and meditative collection of short stories, Zubair Ahmad captures the lives and experiences of the people of the Punjab, a region divided between India and Pakistan. In an intimate narrative style, Ahmad writes a world that hovers between memory and imagination, home and abroad. The narrator follows the pull of his subconscious,…

A Brief View from the Coastal Suite

by Karen Hofmann

NeWest Press

2021

Set in Vancouver during the turbulent year of 2008, Coastal Suite explores the Lund family’s differing values in respect to relationships, money, and environment – all markers for a materialistic society that is becoming increasingly inhospitable.…

Light on a Part of the Field

by Kevin Holowack

NeWest Press

2021

An artist and her obsessive husband are struck by lightning, an experience that changes their lives. Years later, Ruth lives on a farm her husband bought before his disappearance, and she creates idyllic paintings to cope with her confusion and loss.…

Burning the Night

by Glen Huser

NeWest Press

2021

When Curtis begins reading aloud to Harriet the diary her intended husband Phillip kept before his death during the Great War, an obsessed Curtis examines parallels to his own life: his desire to become a skillful artist and to find fulfilling love.…

Big Reader

by Susan Olding

Freehand Books

2021

Exquisite, searingly honest essays about what it means to be human, to be a woman – and to be a reader. Brenda Miller calls this “a perfect collection of essays, especially for those of us who rediscovered a love of reading during challenging times.”…

Coconut

by Nisha Patel

NeWest Press

2021

In her debut book Nisha Patel commands her formidable insight and youthful, engaged voice to relay experiences of racism, sexuality, grief, and love. These are vital political, feminist poems with bold portrayals of confession, hurt, and healing.…

Dominion of Mercy

by Danial Neil

NeWest Press

2021

When Mary’s uncle, a solicitor in Scotland, thinks that her unsavoury reputation might impede his ambitions he offers her a one-way ticket to the frontier town of Anyox, BC, where nurses are needed to care for soldiers returning from the Great War.…

Finding Refuge in Canada: Narratives of Dislocation

by edited by George Melnyk and Christina Parker

Athabasca University Press

2021

These narratives by refugees, private sponsors, and civil servants confront dominant public discourse about refugee identities and offer insights into the social, political, and cultural challenges and opportunities that refugees encounter in Canada.…

Chasia’s Enchantment

by Hilda Chasia Smith

Durvile Publications

2021

In this audiobook, the poetry and guided imagery of Hilda Chasia Smith draws upon wisdom and teachings of the Torah, Pranayama yoga, and her own virtuosity for living a peaceful life.…

A Brush With Depth: The Art of Rick Sealock

by Rick Sealock, Christina Vester

Frontenac House Ltd.

2021

Rick Sealock has been creating wild and wacky illustrations for major publications and clients for several decades. This book is a retrospective of his life in illustration, and also an engaging how-to guide for budding illustrators.…

Tell the Birds Your Body is Not a Gun

by Rayanne Haines

Frontenac House Ltd.

2021

This is a book of minimalist poetry, prose poems and poetic essays exploring family grief, healing, and trauma through the female lens. This narrative challenges how we reflect on our own memories of trauma.…

Mother Earth Plants for Health & Beauty

by Carrie Armstrong

Eschia Books

2020

The recipes and traditions found in this book reflect the culture and the knowledge of the Medicine Wheel, featuring 26 edible and medicinal plants that you can gather in nature as Carrie and her grandmother did. Create a luxurious and natural beauty regime by crafting your own lotions, soaps and teas from all-natural ingredients. From…

Meena’s Story: Flight to Freedom

by Swapna Gupta

Bayeux Arts

2020

Based on true events around the India-Pakistan partition in 1947, the book traces the life of a young English woman and her Muslim husband. From the husband’s death in Pakistan, the story becomes her daughter Meena’s recollection of the traumatic death and her own personal struggles and challenges in India and finally in Canada.…