Alberta Books Catalogue

Browse the latest titles by Alberta book publishers.

Pass Me By: Gone Fishin'

by Kyle Simmers and Ryan Danny Owen

Renegade Arts Entertainment

2019

A touching and tender graphic novel following Ed, a reserved man dealing with dementia in a small, northern-Canadian town. As Ed’s memory declines he loses touch with the present and revisits a past he chose to forget. A queer, romantic-tragedy.…

Flying Zoo: Birds, Parasites, and the World They Share

by Michael Stock

University of Alberta Press

2019

“My work as a scientist who studies bird parasites causes me to wonder about the hidden part of the drama unfolding before my eyes: the flying zoo that makes each bird what it is. As I gaze out at my favourite birds, I wonder what role their parasites have played in shaping their fascinating behaviours…

The Inquirer

by Jaclyn Dawn

NeWest Press

2019

When an accident jeopardizing the family farm draws Amiah Williams back to Kingsley, Alberta, population 1431, she doesn’t expect her homecoming to make front-page news. But there she is in The Inquirer, the mysterious tabloid that is airing her hometown’s dirty laundry. Alongside stories of high school rivalries and truck-bed love affairs, disturbing revelations about…

Shape Your Eyes by Shutting Them

by Mark A. McCutcheon

Athabasca University Press

2019

In this inventive collection of poems, McCutcheon engages in sophisticated literary play and deploys the Surrealist practices of juxtaposition, cut-up, and defamiliarization. Moving from eroticism to the macabre and from transformative quotation to the individual idiom, Shape Your Eyes by Shutting Them explores intertextuality in poetry by challenging the cultural tradition of seeing quotation as derivative.…

Power Play: Professional Hockey and the Politics of Urban Development

by Jay Scherer, David Mills and Linda Sloan McCulloch

University of Alberta Press

2019

When the Rogers Place arena opened in downtown Edmonton in September 2016, no amount of buzz could drown out the rumours of manipulation, secret deals, and corporate greed undergirding the project. Working with documentary evidence and original interviews, the authors present an absorbing account of the machinations that got the arena and the adjacent Ice…

Reflections on Malcolm Forsyth

by Mary I. Ingraham and Robert C. Rival (editors)

University of Alberta Press

2019

Malcolm Forsyth (1936–2011) was a musical legend: a much-loved composer, performer, teacher, and mentor. Reflections on Malcolm Forsyth presents a captivating and approachable portrait of one of Canada’s finest modern composers. Readers will discover both public and private sides to the man and gain fresh insights from critical assessments of a broad range of Forsyth’s…

The Saga of the Jack of Spades: Volume 1

by Chase Kantor and Daniel Schneider

Renegade Arts Entertainment

2019

Prince Jack’s days are numbered. Surrounded by criminals, assassins, knaves, and usurpers, everyone is out to get him, and that’s just members of his own court.  For centuries, The Four Kingdoms, the Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, and Spades, waged war upon each other. To stem the bloodshed, the Four of a Kind, an order of wise…

Killer Heat

by Brenda Chapman

Grass Roots Press

2019

Ottawa is in the middle of a summer heat wave—and PI Anna Sweet takes on her hottest case yet. Brent Rose secretly dated three women at the same time. One of them wants to make him pay for his cheating ways. Will Anna stop Brent’s tormenter in time? Or will he meet his end in…

Too Close to Home

by Brenda Chapman

Grass Roots Press

2019

Sometimes home is not a safe place to be. PI Anna Sweet is hired to look out for Max, a troubled teenage runaway. For Max, the woods provide safety and shelter. Until he is discovered. Max’s parents declare him mentally unfit and try to lock him up. But Anna holds the secret to his freedom.Anna…

Dendrite Balconies

by Sean Braune

University of Calgary Press

2019

Text surrounds us. Text is everywhere, all the time, and the contemporary world is a codex to be deciphered and disassembled. In Dendrite Balconies, Sean Braune harvests the language that surrounds us—pieces and shards from other writers, conversations, and popular media—reassembling textual fragments into poetic sculptures. Blending together conceptual writing and lyric poetry, Braune locates beauty…

let us not think of them as barbarians

by Peter Midgley

NeWest Press

2019

Peter Midgley’s let us not think of them as barbarians is a bold narrative of love, migration, and war hewn from the stones of Namibia. Sensual and intimate, these evocative poems fold into each other to renew and undermine multiple poetic traditions. These poems call out as an act of linguistic and cultural translation that…

Mobilizing Global Knowledge: Refugee Research in an Age of Displacement

by Susan McGrath and Julie E.E. Young (Editors)

University of Calgary Press

2019

In 2018, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees documented a record high 71.4 million displaced people around the world. As states struggle with the costs of providing protection to so many people and popular conceptions of refugees have become increasingly politicized and sensationalized, researchers have come together to form regional and global networks dedicated…

Broke City

by Wendy McGrath

NeWest Press

2019

Broke City, the final book in Wendy McGrath’s Santa Rosa trilogy, follows young Christine as she edges into self-awareness in the now-vanished Edmonton neighbourhood of Santa Rosa. Budding with creativity that her working-class parents do not understand, Christine questions her parents’ fraught relationship, with alcoholism and implicit violence bubbling just under the surface of their marriage.…

The Towers of Babylon

by Michelle Kaeser

Freehand Books

2019

Embracing the anxieties of contemporary urban life, The Towers of Babylon tracks a group of hapless Millennials trying to find meaning in a world that consistently rejects them. What do you do when you have a graduate degree and are stuck working at a bagel shop? Or you’ve snagged a steady, middle-income job only to find it’s…

This Has Nothing to Do With You

by Lauren Carter

Freehand Books

2019

When Melony Barnett’s mother commits a violent murder, Mel is left struggling with the loss of her parents and her future. For more than two years, she drifts around the continent, trying to carve out a life that has nothing to do with her past, before returning to her Northern Ontario home and adopting a…

Agnes, Murderess

by Sarah Leavitt

Freehand Books

2019

Agnes, Murderess is a graphic novel inspired by the bloody legend of Agnes McVee, a roadhouse owner, madam and serial killer in the Cariboo region of British Columbia in the late nineteenth century. Fascinated by this legend—which originated in a 1970s guide to buried treasure in BC, and has never been verified—Sarah Leavitt has imagined an…

A Samaritan State Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid

by Greg Donaghy and David Webster (Editors)

University of Calgary Press

2019

Canada’s foreign aid programs are an area of ongoing interest, yet there is little knowledge of Canada’s 70-year aid history, the historic forces that have shaped Canadian aid policy, and the many complex factors that affect Canada’s future foreign aid policy.  A Samaritan State Revisited brings together a refreshing group of emerging and leading scholars to…

Art + Medicine Collaborative Practice: Transforming the Experience of Head and Neck Cancer

by Edited by Pamela Brett-MacLean and Lianne McTavish

University of Alberta Press

2019

Through a fusion of personal experience and art, the contributors help us understand the lived realities of individuals with head and neck cancer. Featuring original art from Ingrid Bachmann, Sean Caulfield, Jude Griebel, Jill Ho-You, Heather Huston, and Bradley Necyk, this collaborative, interdisciplinary exploration draws together the voices of patients, health care practitioners, researchers, and…