Alberta Books Catalogue

Browse the latest titles by Alberta book publishers.

Big Bear

by Terry Barber

Grass Roots Press

2015

Big Bear was a famous Cree leader who hoped for peace between the white settlers and the Cree. He signed a peace treaty with the Blackfoot, believing that violence does not bring peace. He held out on signing Treaty 6 hoping to win more rights for his people. In the end, Big Bear had no…

Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling

by Tom Babin

Rocky Mountain Books

2015

The bicycle is fast becoming a ubiquitous form of transportation in cities all over the world, making our urban spaces more efficient, more livable and healthier. But many of those bicycles disappear into basements and garages when the warm months end, parked there by owners fearful of the cold, snow and ice that winter brings.…

Lost and Found: Adrift in the Canadian Rockies

by Jamey Glasnovic

Rocky Mountain Books

2015

For many people, moving to a mountain town is the realization of a dream, the final step in a pilgrimage to a relaxed lifestyle in a rugged and beautiful setting. After a long journey that began when he was a teenager in the 1980s with the vague idea there might be a better life somewhere…

Buried

by Ken Wylie

Rocky Mountain Books

2015

On January 20, 2003, at 10:45 a.m., a massive avalanche released from Tumbledown Mountain in the Selkirk Range of British Columbia. Tonnes of snow carried 13 members of two guided backcountry skiing groups down the 37-degree incline of a run called La Traviata and buried them. After a frantic hour of digging by remaining group…

Beautiful Destruction

by Louis Helbig

Rocky Mountain Books

2015

The Alberta oil/tar sands are a place of superlatives, of awesome beauty and equally awesome destruction. They are a kaleidoscope of contrasts, colours and patterns keeping time with the seemingly unstoppable movement of machinery, smoke and effluent set in an immense boreal landscape with its own immutable patterns, cadence and cycles. Beautiful Destruction is a large-format,…

Hobohemia and the Crucifixion Machine: Rival Images of a New World in 1930s Vancouver

by Todd McCallum

AU Press

2015

In the early years of the Great Depression, thousands of unemployed homeless transients settled into Vancouver’s “hobo jungle.” The jungle operated as a distinct community, in which goods were exchanged and shared directly, without benefit of currency. The organization of life was immediate and consensual, conducted in the absence of capital accumulation. But as the…

To Keep a Secret

by Benda Chapman

Grass Roots Books

2015

Anna Sweet’s PI business partner, Jada Price, has gone missing. Anna and new hire Nick Roma team up to find her. The trail leads them to a teenage girl’s murder and a secret internet dating site. Anna is about to discover how far people will go to keep a secret, and who they will betray.…

Mission Life in Cree-Ojibwe Country: Memories of a Mother and Son

by Jennifer S. H. Brown

AU Press

2015

In May of 1868, Elizabeth Bingham Young and her new husband, Egerton Ryerson Young, began a long journey from Hamilton, Ontario, to the Methodist mission of Rossville. For the next eight years, Elizabeth supported her husband’s work at two mission houses, Norway House and then Berens River. Unprepared for the difficult conditions and the “eight…

Landscapes of War and Memory

by Sherrill Grace

University of Alberta Press

2014

Since 1977, a new generation of Canadian writers and artists has been mapping the cultural landscapes formed by the memories of war we have inherited, and also the ones we are expected to forget. Challenging, even painful, the art and literature in Grace’s magisterial study build causeways into history, connecting us to trials and traumas…

Personal Modernisms: Anarchist Networks and the Later Avant-Gardes

by James Gifford

University of Alberta Press

2014

Gifford’s invigorating work of metacriticism and literary history recovers the significance of the “lost generation” of writers of the 1930s and 1940s. He examines how the Personalism of anarcho-anti-authoritarian contemporaries such as Alex Comfort, Robert Duncan, Lawrence Durrell, J.F. Hendry, Henry Miller, Elizabeth Smart, Dylan Thomas, and Henry Treece forges a missing link between Late…

A Historical and Legal Study of Sovereignty in the Canadian North

by Gordon Smith and Whitney Lackenbauer (editor)

University of Calgary Press

2014

This work is the first in a project to edit and publish Gordon Smith’s unpublished opus a manuscript on “A Historical and Legal Study of Sovereignty in the Canadian North and Related Law of the Sea Problems.” Written over three decades (yet incomplete at the time of his death in 2000), this work may well…

Legal Literacy: An introduction to Legal Studies

by Archie Zariski

AU Press

2014

To understand how the legal system works, students must consider the law in terms of its structures, processes, language, and modes of thought and argument—in short, they must become literate in the field. Legal Literacy fulfills this aim by providing a foundational understanding of key concepts such as legal personhood, jurisdiction, and precedent, and by…

Bad Judgement

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2014

Judge John Reilly, now retired, was the youngest judge ever appointed to the Provincial Court of Alberta. For most of his 33 years on the bench he was the circuit judge for the Stoney Indian Reserve at Morley, Alberta. During his career he became interested in aboriginal justice and saw the failure of the “white”…

Between Clay and Dust

by Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Freehand Books

2014

Powerful and haunting, Between Clay and Dust is a triumph of storytelling, a poignant exploration of love, honour, redemption, and the strength that heat should find to go on when all is lost. A finalist for the prestigious Man Asian Literary Prize.…

Detachment: An Adoption Memoir

by Maurice Mierau

Freehand Books

2014

A moving and searingly unsentimental memoir about learning to become a father and a son. Mierau tells his story about adopting two sons from Ukraine, dealing with attachment disorder, and untangling his own Mennonite fathers’ Ukrainian past.…

Blind Spot

by Laurence Miall

NeWest Press

2014

When Luke returns to Edmonton after the death of his parents, he sets in motion a chain of events that will bring to light long-buried family secrets. In Luke, Laurence Miall has crafted an unforgettable literary anti-hero, a man disconnected from the pain of those around him, yet blind to his own faults. With clean,…