Alberta Books Catalogue

Browse the latest titles by Alberta book publishers.

The Death of Annie the Water Witcher by Lightning

by Audrey J. Whitson

NeWest Press

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…

The Melting Queen

by Bruce Cinnamon

NeWest Press

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…

Bogart Creek: Volume 1

by Derek Evernden

Renegade Arts Entertainment

2019

Collecting the best of Bogart Creek, Derek Evernden’s laugh out loud funny, single-panel comics of absurd and dark humour. Similar in style to The Far Side, Bogart Creek is the laugh out loud book you’ve been waiting for.…

Lillian & Kokomis: The Spirit of Dance

by Lynda Partridge, illustrated by Dave Nicholson

UpRoute Books and Media

2019

Lillian & Kokomis is the second book in the UpRoute Indigenous Spirit of Nature Series. Written by Sixties Scoop survivor, Lynda Partridge, the back cover blurb says all … “Lillian finds herself at yet another foster home. White kids make fun of her at school. Indigenous kids do too. Lillian’s angry mind wants to punch…

The Spine Chillers

by Ben Clark

Renegade Arts Entertainment

2019

‘Relentlessly funny and in places, heart breakingly poignant.’  FPI Blog The Spine Chillers is an episodic comic strip about the time the world’s greatest writers shared a small boarding house, living together to create some of the most loved thrillers and horror stories of all time. Marvel at HP Lovecraft’s inspiration for Cthulhu, gasp as Ambrose Bierce struggles under the…

In the News: The Practice of Media Relations in Canada, 3rd Edition

by William Wray Carney, Colin Babiuk & Mark Hunter LaVigne

University of Alberta Press

2019

Now in its third edition, In the News is the standard Canadian textbook on media relations, used across the country. The authors provide an introduction to media relations, grounded in both communications theory and hands-on, day-to-day experience. Whether you need to promote your issues to the nation or reach small, targeted groups, this book is…

Castles & Knights: Super Explorers

by Tamara Hartson

Blue Bike Books

2019

Super Explorers takes you back in time to the medieval days when people lived in castles and knights roamed slaying dragons and rescuing beautiful maidens: Castles were fortifications made of stone built in the Middle Ages to control land and protect nobles from their enemies. Many castles were surrounded by large water-filled moats. Most castles…

Weird Creatures of the World: KidsWorld

by Tamara Einstein, Einstein Sisters

Blue Bike Books

2019

From slime mold to sea slugs and leafy sea dragons, the Einstein Sisters bring you some of the weirdest creatures in the world, on land and in the sea: Tardigrades, or water bears, are micro-animals that live at the tops of volcanoes and at the bottom of the sea. Thorny devils can drink water from…

Weird Cars: Super Explorers

by Philip Hendriks

Blue Bike Books

2019

Super Explorers want to show you some of the weirdest cars in the world, from a car shaped like a shoe to a dragon car, and an amphibious car to one powered by steam: Some tiny cars have three wheels and are meant for just one person. Some cars have weird doors, like gull-wing doors…

Pugg’s Portmanteau

by D.M. Bryan

University of Calgary Press

2019

When Pugg, dog to eighteenth-century printmaker William Hogarth, finds a leather portmanteau abandoned beneath his master’s deathbed, the bereaved canine embarks on an inquiry to make sense of the disordered contents. Notes from a criminal investigation, letters between sisters, a pair of novels, and the personal reflection of one Sarah Scott lead Pugg on a…

Most of What Follows is True: Places Imagined and Real

by Michael Crummey

University of Alberta Press

2019

“In all creative writing, the question of what is true and what is real are two very different considerations. Figuring out how to dance between them is a murky business.” In Most of What Follows Is True, Michael Crummey examines the complex relationship between fact and fiction, between the “real world” and the stories we…

Entryways to Criminal Justice: Accusation and Criminalization in Canada

by George Pavlich & Matthew P. Unger (editors)

University of Alberta Press

2019

How do societies decide whom to criminalize? What does it mean to accuse someone of being an offender? Entryways to Criminal Justice analyzes the thresholds that distinguish law-abiding individuals from those who may be criminalized. Contributors to the volume adopt social, historical, cultural, and political perspectives to explore the accusatory process that place persons in…

Exhibit

by Paul Zits

University of Calgary Press

2019

Margaret is unlike other women: her hands bark, she speaks Hawaiian Punch, and she can often be seen prodding at stars with sticks. And sometimes she is the happiest woman in the world: a pillow with a pillowcase. Her brother, Alex, feels pleasant enough, except that his parts are made of wood, and that a…

The Creation of iGiselle: Classical Ballet Meets Contemporary Video Games

by Nora Foster Stovel (editor)

University of Alberta Press

2019

The unusual marriage of Romantic ballet and artificial intelligence is an intriguing idea that led a team of interdisciplinary researchers to design iGiselle, a video game prototype. Scholars in the fields of literature, physical education, music, design, and computer science collaborated to revise the tragic narrative of the nineteenth-century ballet Giselle, allowing players to empower…

Rocking P Ranch and the Second Cattle Frontier in Western Canada

by Clay Chattaway and Warren Elofson

University of Calgary Press

2019

The Rocking P Ranch was one of the most ambitious family ranches in Southern Alberta. Founded in 1900 by Roderick Riddle Macleay, the Rocking P flourished during the Second Cattle Frontier as open-range Texas System ranches failed. Beginning in 1923, Maxine and Dorothy Macleay edited, reported, and published The Rocking P Gazette, a monthly newspaper grounded in…

Orange Chinook: Politics in the New Alberta

by ed. Duane Bratt, Keith Brownsey, Richard Sutherland, and David Taras

University of Calgary Press

2019

In 2015, the New Democratic Party won an unprecedented victory in Alberta. Unseating the Progressive Conservatives — who had won every provincial election since 1971 —  they formed an NDP government for the first time in the history of the province. Orange Chinook is the first scholarly analysis of this election. It examines the legacy of…

Environment in the Courtroom

by ed. Allan E. Ingelson

University of Calgary Press

2019

Canadian environmental law is a dynamic and exciting area that is playing an increasingly important role in furthering sustainable development policy. Environmental law has distinctive relevant principles, operating procedures, implications, and importance in comparison with other areas of law, and these distinctions must be appreciated both within the legal community and by all those who…

Environmental Activism on the Ground: Small Green and Indigenous Organizing

by ed. Jonathan Clapperton and Liza Piper

University of Calgary Press

2019

Environmental Activism on the Ground draws upon a wide range of interdisciplinary scholarship to examine small scale, local environmental activism, paying particular attention to Indigenous experiences. It illuminates the questions that are central to the ongoing evolution of the environmental movement while reappraising the history and character of late twentieth and early twenty-first environmentalism in Canada,…