Alberta Books Catalogue

Browse the latest titles by Alberta book publishers.

Antecedent

by Juleta Severson-Baker

Frontenac House

2023

Antecedent is a ferocious and candid outcry from the West. This is a book willing to reveal, to tell the frank truth, about “the weave of what is human.” Among the love and cruelty of existence, the poet uncovers fish guts, little yellow violets, a red fox in an apple orchard, and the lipstick section…

Cluster Flux

by D.S. Stymeist

Frontenac House

2023

Cluster Flux, D.S. Stymeist’s tender and visionary second collection, is an explosion of transmissions. Transmission of bodies through geographical space, across boundaries, across time, across material states. Transmission of ideas and modes of awareness. Transmission of emotions, expressions, sensations. At the center of the transmissions, anchoring the book, is an incantatory long poem: “Mass Transfer.”…

Three-Way Renegade: $amuel $teward Without Apology

by Keith Garebian

Frontenac House

2023

Raw, tender, raunchy, melancholy, witty, and richly allusive, Three-Way Renegade is a satiric portrait in verse of Samuel Steward, a flamboyant, anarchic gay icon who passed from a life as a discontented academic to a sensational career as tattoo artist and notorious writer of erotic and pornographic literature. Composed entirely of octets (shifting in diction,…

I Have Forsaken Heaven & Earth, but Never Forsaken You

by Leilei Chen, illus. Mozhi Chen

Frontenac House

2023

The book includes poems translated from MA Hui’s rewriting of Tsangyang Gyatso’s poetry. Gyatso was Tibet’s sixth Dalai Lama and is well known for his love poems. MA captures the imagery and subjects of Gyatso’s poetry, and speaks meaningfully about love, religion, life, death, power, and worldly success. This translation recognizes the universal nature of…

My Life in Propaganda: Language and Totalitarian Regimes

by Magda Stroińska

Durvile & UpRoute Books

2023

My Life in Propaganda is Magda Stroińska’s personal account of growing up with communist propaganda in Eastern Europe. She looks at the influence of her family history that contradicted what she was taught at school; the cognitive and emotional effects of compulsory school readings; socialist realist art and film; and Radio Free Europe and Voice…

Shifting Gears: Coast to Coast on the Trans Am Bike Race

by Meaghan Marie Hackinen

NeWest Press

2023

Meaghan Marie Hackinen’s follow-up to her award-nominated debut South Away charts her unforgettable, twenty-five-day journey on the Trans Am Bike Race: a coast-to-coast ride across the entire North American continent from Oregon to Virginia. Without the aid of a support crew, Hackinen must rely entirely on her wits, ingenuity and sheer determination to finish this…

Lásko

by Catherine Cooper

Freehand Books

2023

When Mája was seven, her mother disappeared. Now Mája has an overwhelming urge to do the same. She leaves her fiancé in Canada and follows signs that she believes are leading her to the Czech Republic, her mother’s home country. In Prague, she falls in love with Kuba, a charismatic musician who is a rising…

Wisdom River: Meditations on Fly Fishing and Life Midstream

by ed. Larry Kapustka and Chad Okrusch

Durvile & UpRoute Books

2023

Wisdom River: Meditations on Fly Fishing and Life Midstream is a collection of stories, poetry, photos, art, recipes, and jokes that celebrate the wonders of fly fishing and the wisdom that can be gained from spending time on the river. Contributors from Montana, Alberta, and Nova Scotia each bring a unique perspective and voice as they…

Flicker

by Lori Hahnel

University of Calgary Press

2023

Cass Reisender, reluctant psychic is starting again in Calgary, Alberta, a city with nothing supernatural about it at all. Then Cass touches a strange antique device and her new life is blown apart. Transported to West Orange, New Jersey, in the year 1900, Cass meets the dashing Erik Thorvaldsen in Thomas Edison’s—that Thomas Edison’s—laboratory. As…

The Sum of One Man’s Pleasure

by Danial Neil

NeWest Press

2023

1963 – Finn Kenny has fled life in Ottawa after being implicated in an RCMP purge of suspected Communist sympathisers and homosexuals. He ends up on Vancouver Island working as a groundskeeper. Theodore Spencer, owner of Spencerwood Industries, is Finn’s saviour, having offered him a job and a home at Finn’s lowest moment. When Spencer…

All the World’s a Mall

by Rinny Gremaud

University of Alberta Press

2023

All the World’s a Mall details a whirlwind world tour in five stops: Edmonton, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, and Casablanca, chosen because they are home to some of the biggest malls on the planet. Cities within cities, these malls are wonderlands where visitors come from afar to: walk, eat, sleep, watch, swim, ride, photograph, and,…

Alice of Spades

by Chase Kantor, Tiffany Tate and Christopher Peterson

Renegade Arts Entertainment

2023

Alice of Spades continues the story of a kingdom on the brink of revolution. Alice, now the sole heir to the Spade throne, is the target of a group of religious zealots bent on twisting her to their cause. With only her lazy cat and the clothes on her back, Alice must flee her privileged…

Embrace Your Divine Flow: Evolvements for Healing

by ed. Julian Hobson and Lorene Shyba

Durvile & UpRoute Books

2023

Created by a collective of spiritual practitioners, this book combines ‘evolvements’ in the form of allegorical stories, with art and exercises that encourage journeys of healing and wisdom. Themes include sacred places, sound and sensuality, ancestors, magic and imagination, infinity, authenticity, spirits, and gratitude.…

The Abduction of Seven Forgers

by Sean Dixon

Freehand Books

2023

A group of artists are brought together under mysterious circumstances to a leafy London suburb. Once there, they are taken hostage by Mr. Lin, an angry art collector who demands that they create original works that will replace the forgeries he has obtained from each of them in the past. With dazzling inventiveness, Sean Dixon…

Kink Bands

by David Martin

NeWest Press

2023

With lyrically experimental poems expanding and retracting, this collection finds sonic and conceptual energy from the perspective of deep time and the geological forces that have shaped and continue to shape the Earth. Enacting seismic shifts, catastrophes, and erosions throughout the natural and cultural worlds, Martin’s poetic practice pushes forward to contend with the contemporary…

Uncontrolled Flight

by Frances Peck

NeWest Press

2023

During wildfire season in the British Columbia Interior, experienced firefighting pilot Rafe Mackie loses control of his airplane while doing a routine drop and plummets to his death. The investigation that follows unleashes revelations that forever change the lives of three people: Will, the pilot who watches his mentor crash; Sharon, the widow struggling to…

The Definition of Beautiful

by Charlotte Bellows

Freehand Books

2023

Charlotte Bellows wrote The Definition of Beautiful between the ages of fifteen and seventeen, in the wake of lockdown and in recovery from anorexia. Bellows writes with deceptively straightforward urgency, pushing through society’s constraints on the bodies and minds of girls and women to offer a story both achingly familiar and devastatingly new. Charlotte Bellows…

Tales for Late Night Bonfires

by G.A. Grisenthwaite

Freehand Books

2023

Curious, uncanny tales blending Indigenous oral storytelling and meticulous style, from an electric voice in Canadian fiction These are stories that are a little bit larger than life, or maybe they really happened. Tales that could be told ’round the campfire, each one-upping the next. Tales about a car that drives herself, ever loyal to…

Not Hockey: Critical Essays on Canada’s Other Sport Literature

by ed. Angie Abdou and Jamie Dopp

Athabasca University Press

2023

With the aim of prompting reflections on and discussions of the boundaries of sport, Not Hockey skillfully investigates how literature engages with sport as a metaphor, as a language, and as bodily expression. Instead of a focus on what is often described as Canada’s national pastime, contributors examine sports in Canadian literature that are decidedly…