Alberta Books Catalogue

Browse the latest titles by Alberta book publishers.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

The Law Is (Not) for Kids, Second Edition

by Ned Lecic and Marvin A. Zuker

Athabasca University Press

2023

Since its publication in 2019, this important and practical guide to the law has empowered and educated Canadian children and youth and those who serve them. The authors address questions about how rights and laws affect the lives of young people at home, at school, at work, and in their relationships as they draw attention…

Drink in the Summer: A Memoir of Croatia

by Tony Fabijančić

Athabasca University Press

2023

Since childhood, Tony Fabijančić has travelled frequently to Yugoslavia and Croatia, his father’s homeland. He spent time with his family in the northern village of Srebrnjak and escaped to the Adriatic islands in the south where he could break free from the constraints of everyday life. Over time, he observed Srebrnjak become a white-collar weekend…

This Is How You Start to Disappear

by Astrid Blodgett

University of Alberta Press

2023

These twelve new short stories from Astrid Blodgett explore the consequences of grief and denial and single moments that change perceptions, lives, and attachments forever. Crisp prose and unexpected plot twists move relatable characters through vivid outdoor settings and interior depths. A child negotiates adult behaviour when an injured dog is put down. An older…

Borderblur Poetics: Intermedia and Avant-Gardism in Canada, 1963-1988

by Eric Schmaltz

University of Calgary Press

2023

Beginning in 1963 and continuing through the late 1980s, a loose coterie of like-minded Canadian poets challenged the conventions of writing and poetic meaning by fusing their practice with strategies from visual art, sound art, sculpture, installation, and performance. They called it “borderblur.” Borderblur Poetics traces the emergence and proliferation of this node of poetic…

Pathology Review and Practice Guide, 3rd Ed.

by ed. Dr. Zu-hua Gao

Brush Education

2023

Prepare for licensing exams offered by the American Board of Pathology and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The most comprehensive review guide on the market will ensure you’re confident and ready when you sit down to write your certification exam. With protocols from the College of American Pathologists for examining and…