Alberta Books Catalogue

Browse the latest titles by Alberta book publishers.

Unforgetting Private Charles Smith

by Jonathan Locke Hart

Athabasca University Press

Non-Fiction, Poetry

2019

Private Charles Smith had been dead for close to a century when Jonathan Hart discovered the soldier’s small diary in the Baldwin Collection at the Toronto Public Library. The diary’s first entry was marked 5 June 1915. After some research, Hart discovered that Charles Smith was an Anglo-Canadian, born in Kent, and that this diary…

What You Take with You: Wildfire, Family and the Road Home

by Therese Greenwood

University of Alberta Press

Non-Fiction

2019

Four years after Therese Greenwood and her husband moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta, their new community was shattered by one of the worst wildfires in Canadian history. As the flames approached, they had only minutes to pack, narrowly escaping a fire that would rage for weeks, burn more than 85,000 hectares and force 80,000 people…

Government Information in Canada: Access and Stewardship

by Amanda Wakaruk & Sam-Chin Li (editors)

University of Alberta Press

Academic

2019

Public access to government information forms the foundation of a healthy liberal democracy. Because this information can be precarious, it needs stewardship. Government Information in Canada provides analysis about the state of Canadian government information publishing. Experts from across the country draw on decades of experience to offer a broad, well-founded survey of history, procedures,…

There Are Not Enough Sad Songs

by Marita Dachsel

University of Alberta Press

Poetry

2019

Marita Dachsel’s third poetry collection explores parenthood, love, and the grief of losing those both close and distant. In the tradition of Karen Solie and Suzanne Buffam, and with a touch of Canadian Gothic, Dachsel’s poetic skills unfold in a variety of brief and expansive forms. Authentic and controlled, full of complexity and disorder, her…

Alice at Naptime

by Shea Proulx

Renegade Arts Entertainment

Graphic Novel

2019

‘A beautiful, visual-poem about motherhood and art.’  A poetic exploration of being both a new mother and an artist, told using her own unique graphic novel and fine art approach. When Alice was born her mother only found time to draw her while she napped. Gradually Alice is multiplied in a tapestry of selves, both…

The Little Grey Mouse: A Fable in Fabric

by Trudy Cowan

Frontenac House

Childrens

2018

A sad Little Grey Mouse searches for the one thing that will make her happy and she learns an important lesson in the process. All illustrations are photographed quilts created by the author. The book includes a small pattern and instructions to create your own Little Grey Mouse. “It all began with a conversation at a…

Nouveau Griot

by Tanya Evanson

Frontenac House

Poetry

2018

Nouveau Griot is the result of 20 years on stage and in studio. It is the text from four spoken word audio recordings made between 2004-2016: Invisible World, The Memorists, Language for Gods and ZENSHIP. This work is in the continuum of the griot, which is a french African word meaning “poet, singer and traveling musician…

Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots

by Basma Kavanagh

Frontenac House

Poetry

2018

This book length poem comprises three major interwoven threads: Ahli, an auto/biographical thread about my Lebanese heritage; Astura, a grim tale linking climate change and the oppression of women, and Ana, a reflection on identity, language, and writing. To tell a story of my mother, her sisters, and their mother; a story of traditions, gesture, ritual, transformation, and self,…

Rooster, Dog, Crow

by Jim Nason

Frontenac House

Poetry

2018

In a world where upside-down politics dovetails with the carnivalesque, a love triangle unfolds between a belligerent Rooster, a happy-go-lucky meth-addicted Dog, and a gender-fluid Crow.  Nason’s sixth poetry collection goes to the extremes of the creative mind to depict a world that is real and surreal, a place where women, men, and animals shape-shift…

Night Flying

by Laurie Anne Fuhr

Frontenac House

Poetry

2018

These poems capture the ways of the great Canadian military brat, vanishing points, flights, and gothic perceptions. Shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch award for experimental poetry, these poems contain the rhythm of a musician and the eye of a owl. Talent infuses Laurie Fuhr’s first publication.…

A Tincture of Sunlight

by Vivian Hansen

Frontenac House

Poetry

2017

This collection of poetry honours the small stories about Old Man, who has lived a real life as an uncommon character. His life and its diverse tales are sensate, enticing the reader into Old Man’s individual and mythical being. Old Man as Cree/white soldier, biologist, father, son and lover releases these stories into the realm of legend. As…

The Riparian

by Lisa Pasold

Frontenac House

Poetry

2017

In a dive bar by the river, a stranger begins a new life. Lisa Pasold creates a rich novelistic world of finely-crafted encounters in her new collection of poetry, The Riparian. This is a book of tall tales, dreams, and ghost stories, recounted by a wise drunk teetering on the edge of a muddy dock. Pasold blurs…

The Melting Queen

by Bruce Cinnamon

NeWest Press

Fiction

2019

Every year since 1904, when the ice breaks up on the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton has crowned a Melting Queen—a woman who presides over the Melting Day spring carnival and who must keep the city’s spirits up over the following winter. But this year, something has changed: a genderfluid ex-frat brother called River Runson is…

The Death of Annie the Water Witcher by Lightning

by Audrey J. Whitson

NeWest Press

Fiction

2019

Three years into the second millennium, Majestic, Alberta is a farm town dealing with depressed crop prices, international borders closing to Canadian beef, and a severe drought. Older farmers worry about their way of life changing while young people concoct ways to escape: drugs, partying, moving away. Even the church is on the brink of…

Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Fiction

by Heidi L.M. Jacobs

NeWest Press

Fiction

2019

Aspiring novelist Molly MacGregor’s life is strikingly different from a literary heroine’s. Named for one of literature’s least romantic protagonists, Moll Flanders, Molly lives in Edmonton, a city she finds irredeemably unromantic, where she writes university term papers instead of novels, and sells shoes in the Largest Mall on Earth. There she seeks the other…

Echolocation: Stories

by Karen Hoffman

NeWest Press

Fiction

2019

In this provocative collection of short stories, Karen Hofmann creates characters who struggle to connect or disconnect from entanglements and relationships. With ironic accuracy and sensuous imagery, Hofmann considers a range of human foibles: a newlywed couple who transform into feral beasts during the hardships of a remote research expedition; backbiting faculty members who strip…

Only Pretty Damned

by Niall Howell

NeWest Press

Fiction

2019

Niall Howell‘s Only Pretty Damned is a taut noir that takes you behind the big top, revealing rough and tumble characters, murderous plots, and crooked schemes designed to keep Rowland’s World Class Circus afloat for another season. When Toby, former trapeze artist turned disgruntled clown, begins seeing Gloria, a young and beautiful dancer longing for a bigger…

Walking Through Turquoise

by Laurie MacFayden

Frontenac House

Poetry

2017

Laurie MacFayden’s third book of poetry continues to explore the flirtations and secrets mined in her previous titles, White Shirt and Kissing Keeps Us Afloat. The clumsy intricacies of relationships; the things you want to shout from the rooftops but cannot tell; the tickle in your gut the first time she calls you honey. MacFayden ponders a one-way trip…

Gush: Menstrual Manifestos for Our Times

by Rosanna Deerchild, Ariel Gordon, Tanis MacDonald (editors)

Frontenac House

Anthology

2018

In GUSH, more than 100 women and nonbinary writers from Canada and around the world take apart the bloody instruction of menstruation: its cultures, its lessons, its equipment, and its lexicon. Co-edited byRosanna Deerchild, Ariel Gordon, and Tanis MacDonald, GUSH offers menstrual manifestos for our time that question the cultural value and social language of monthly blood loss, with…