Alberta Books Catalogue

Browse the latest titles by Alberta book publishers.

I (Athena)

by Ruth DyckFehderau

NeWest Press

2023

When Athena was a young girl in the 60s, she lost her hearing to a childhood fever but was misdiagnosed as “profoundly retarded” and institutionalized for thirty years. Now she’s out of the institution, awkward and bookish, and learning to integrate with mainstream society where nothing works quite like she thinks it should. Athena researches…

Cantata and the Extinction Therapist: Two Plays by Clem Martini

by Clem Martini

Durvile & UpRoute Books

2023

Clem Martini’s award-winning play, Cantata: Rumours of My Crazy, Useless Life provides a window into the experience of people going through the hidden, high-stakes struggles of elder care and mental illness. In The Extinction Therapist, Dr. Marshall’s therapeutic practice offers group support to those threatened with extinction including a woolly mammoth, a testy short-eared shrew,…

Good Morning Poems

by George Bowering

NeWest Press

2023

Canadian literary legend George Bowering lays bare his process as reader and lover of poetry in this curated collection of poems to be read in the morning. In a series of deeply astute and conversational essays, two-time Governor General’s Award winner and inaugural Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada George Bowering travels through five hundred years,…

Racism in Southern Alberta and Anti-racist Activism for Change

by ed. Caroline Hodes and Glenda Tibe Bonifacio

Athabasca University Press

2023

Drawing on reflective personal narrative, experiential research, and critical theoretical engagement, this collection connects localized experiences with broader structural and systemic forms of intersectional racism. These detailed examinations of the various forms of racism faced by immigrants and Indigenous people living and working in Southern Alberta reveal how institutional racism continues to saturate modern Canadian…

Indigiqueerness: A Conversation about Storytelling

by Joshua Whitehead

Athabasca University Press

2023

Evolving from a conversation between Joshua Whitehead and Angie Abdou, Indigiqueerness is part dialogue, part collage, and part memoir. Beginning with memories of his childhood poetry and prose and travelling through the library of his life, Whitehead contemplates the role of theory, Indigenous language, queerness, and fantastical worlds in all his artistic pursuits. This volume…

The Red Baron of IBEW Local 213: Les McDonald, Union Politics, and the 1966 Wildcat Strike at Lenkurt Electric

by Ian McDonald

Athabasca University Press

2023

The “Red Baron” from Local 213 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) was Les McDonald, once a firebrand Communist activist and the youthful leader of the left faction within the Vancouver electrical workers’ union. His fate would be intertwined with the Lenkurt Electric strike of 1966, a wildcat strike that led to the…

Monitoring Station

by Sonja Ruth Greckol

University of Alberta Press

2023

Sonja Ruth Greckol’s Monitoring Station enters a slipstream of space and planetary language, circling time, embodying loss and longing, generating and regenerating in a faltering climate. Orbiting through a mother’s death, a grandbaby’s birth, and a pandemic summer, these poems loop and fragment in expansive and empathetic ways. Nimble, energetic, and challenging, the book engages…

there’s more

by Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike

University of Alberta Press

2023

In there’s more, Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike takes on the rich concepts of home and belonging: home lost and regained, home created with others and with the land, home as “anywhere we find something to love.” Giving voice to the experiences of migrant and other marginalized citizens, whose lives society tends to overlook, this collection challenges…

Indie Rock

by Joe Bishop

University of Alberta Press

2023

Indie Rock candidly focuses on a queer poet/musician’s life in Newfoundland and his personal struggles with addiction, OCD, and trauma. This intelligent and punchy collection is steeped in musicality and the geographies and cadences of Newfoundland. With an astute attention to form, rhythm, and aesthetics, Joe Bishop tells an honest and contemporary coming-of-age story about…

Making Wonderful: Ideological Roots of Our Eco-Catastrophe

by Martin M. Tweedale

University of Alberta Press

2023

In Making Wonderful, Martin M. Tweedale tells how an ideology in the West energized an economic expansion that has led to ecological disaster. He takes us back to the rise of cities and autocratic rulers, analyzing how respect for custom and tradition gave way to the dominance of top-down rational planning and organization. Then in…

The Rainbow, the Midwife and the Birds: Four Dene Stories

by Raymond Yakeleya

Durvile & UpRoute Books

2023

This book contains four Dene First Nation stories, as experienced by Raymond Yakeleya. “Flight Through the Rainbow” is about flying in a small plane through a rainbow, and tells a legend of how spiders catch drops of colour in their webs. “The Midwife” is a story told to Raymond by his Granny Harriet about bringing…

Blackmeadow Abbey

by Jane Glatt

Tyche Books

2023

A fantasy re-imagining of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Caroline Morris, along with her brother Jack, needs to form a team for the Endeavour, the magical competition that happens every fifteen years. It’s the most important decision she’s ever had to make, and it could affect the course of her life. The charming siblings Iona and…

An Anthology of Monsters: How Story Saves Us from Our Anxiety

by Cherie Dimaline

University of Alberta Press

2023

An Anthology of Monsters by Cherie Dimaline, award-winning author of The Marrow Thieves, is the tale of an intricate dance with life-long anxiety. It is about how the stories we tell ourselves can help reshape the ways in which we think, cope, and ultimately survive. Using examples from her books, from her mère, and from…

The Signs of No

by Judith Pond

University of Calgary Press

2023

Rose is divorced, fifty, and estranged from her daughter. At a student art opening on a rainy March evening she meets Morrison, a genial hoarder and womb-twin survivor, who leads us to Abbey, a dancer who is losing the chance to become a mother, who leads us to Iris, a bright ten-year-old doing her best…

Blue Storm: The Rise and Fall of Jason Kenney

by edited by Duane Bratt, Richard Sutherland, and David Taras

University of Calgary Press

2023

The first scholarly analysis of the 2019 Alberta Election, which led to the victory of Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party, and of the UCP’s first years in government. In 2019, the United Conservative Party, under the leadership of Jason Kenney, unseated the New Democratic Party to form the provincial government of Alberta. A restoration of…

The Future of Sustainability Education at North American Universities

by edited by Naomi Krogman with Apryl Bergstrom

University of Alberta Press

2023

This collection explores sustainability education in the North American academy. The authors advocate for a more integrated approach to teaching sustainability in order to help students address the most pressing problems of the world, embrace experimentation, and foster more meaningful involvement with the communities in which universities are located. Throughout, they remain focussed on identifying…

Building Inclusive Communities in Rural Canada

by edited by Clark Banack and Dionne Pohler

University of Alberta Press

2023

This collection challenges misconceptions that rural Canada is a bastion of intolerance. While examining the extent and nature of contemporary cultural and religious discrimination in rural Canadian communities, the editors and contributors explore the many efforts by rural citizens, community groups, and municipalities to counter intolerance, build inclusive communities, and become better neighbours. Throughout, scholars…

K9 Line-up Training: A Manual for Suspect Identification and Detection Work

by Resi Gerritsen, Ruud Haak, and Simon Prins

Brush Education

2023

Enhance your K9’s detection capabilities and unlock the power of its nose with scent and odor line-up training Learn how to: Master the basics of detector dog training Train dogs in scent identification line-ups and odor recognition tests Troubleshoot common problems in scent identification work The use of detection dogs has risen dramatically in recent…

Deterrence in the 21st Century

by ed. Eric Ouellet, Madeleine D’Agata, and Keith Stewart

University of Calgary Press

2023

The information age has opened a new front of adversarial statecraft. The past decades have seen the rise and refinement of conflict enacted in the world of information, with tactics including seeding disinformation, the theft of sensitive data, confusing or obscuring public opinion to forward specific goals, and beyond. Deterrence in the 21st Century asks…