Alberta Books Catalogue

Browse the latest titles by Alberta book publishers.

This Has Nothing to Do With You

by Lauren Carter

Freehand Books

Fiction

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…

Mobilizing Global Knowledge: Refugee Research in an Age of Displacement

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

University of Calgary Press

Anthology, Non-Fiction

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…

Dendrite Balconies

by Sean Braune

University of Calgary Press

Poetry

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…

The Towers of Babylon

by Michelle Kaeser

Freehand Books

Fiction

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…

The Student

by Cary Fagan

Freehand Books

Fiction

2019

The Student is a portrait of a life in two snapshots. It’s 1957 and Miriam Moscowitz is starting her final year of university with unwavering ambition. She is a serious and passionate student of literature who studies hard, dates a young Jewish man with a good job, and is the apple of her father’s eye and…

A Samaritan State Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid

by Greg Donaghy and David Webster (Editors)

University of Calgary Press

Academic, Non-Fiction

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

Non-Fiction

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…

Wisdom Engaged: Traditional Knowledge for Northern Community Well-Being

by Edited by Leslie Main Johnson

University of Alberta Press

Non-Fiction

2019

“I listened to my mum, my dad, my gramma, that is why I am still here. That is how you stay alive.” —Mida Donnessey Wisdom Engaged demonstrates how traditional knowledge, Indigenous approaches to healing, and the insights of Western bio-medicine can complement each other when all voices are heard in a collaborative effort to address…

Indigenous Education: New Directions In Theory and Practice

by Edited by Huia Tomlins-Jahnke, Sandra Styres, Spencer Lilley and Dawn Zinga

University of Alberta Press

Non-Fiction

2019

For Indigenous students and teachers alike, formal teaching and learning occurs in contested places. In Indigenous Education, leading scholars in contemporary Indigenous education from North America, New Zealand, and Hawaii disentangle aspects of colonialism from education to advance alternative philosophies of instruction. From multiple disciplines, contributors explore Indigenous education from theoretical and applied perspectives and…

Agnes, Murderess

by Sarah Leavitt

Freehand Books

Graphic Novel

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…

Broke City

by Wendy McGrath

NeWest Press

Fiction

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.…

let us not think of them as barbarians

by Peter Midgley

NeWest Press

Poetry

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…

The Inquirer

by Jaclyn Dawn

NeWest Press

Fiction

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…

The Politics of Violence in Latin America

by Pablo Policzer (Editor)

University Of Calgary Press

Non-Fiction

2019

Latin America is one of the most violent regions in the world. It has suffered waves of repressive authoritarian rule, organized armed insurgency and civil war, violent protest, and ballooning rates of criminal violence. But is violence hard-wired into Latin America? This is a critical reassessment of the ways in which violence in Latin America…

La Confédération, 1864-1999: nouvelles perspectives

by Daniel Heidt (Editor), Colin M. Coates (Contributor)

University Of Calgary Press

Academic

2019

On associe souvent le 1er juillet 1867 à la date de la Confédération canadienne, le jour de naissance du nouveau pays. Mais le processus ne faisait que s’amorcer en 1867. Du petit dominion aux frontières restreintes, le pays est devenu une fédération beaucoup plus vaste, composée de dix provinces, trois territoires et de centaines de…

Intertwined Histories: Plants in Their Social Contexts

by Jim Ellis (Editor)

University Of Calgary Press

Non-Fiction

2019

How do we understand the boundaries of individual creatures? What are the systems of interdependency that bind all living creatures together? Plants were among the first to colonize the planet. They created the soil and the atmosphere that made life possible for animals. They are some of the largest and oldest life forms on Earth.…

Protest and Democracy

by Moisés Arce and Roberta Rice (Editors)

University of Calgary Press

Non-Fiction

2019

In 2011, political protests sprang up across the world. In the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, the United States unlikely people sparked or led massive protest campaigns from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street. These protests were made up of educated and precariously employed young people who challenged the legitimacy of their political leaders,…

Fire: Demons, Dragons and Djinns

by Edited by Rhonda Parrish

Tyche Books

Anthology, Speculative Fiction

2018

The ability for people to control (to some extent at least) fire has long been held as one of the major events that contributed to human evolution, but when fire eludes or escapes our control it is also one of the most destructive forces on earth. Associated with passion, power, transformation and purification, fire is…

The Bathwater Conspiracy

by Janet Kellough

Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy

Speculative Fiction

2018

Nothing about this case makes sense. Detective Carson “Mac” MacHenry can’t figure out why the Darmes are so interested in this one dead girl or why the secretive federal police have rushed the autopsy or why, a few days later, the records of the dead girl’s murder have been erased from all official government channels.…