2022 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Finalists Announced

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The lists of finalists for the 2022 Alberta Book Publishing Awards have been announced by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA).

The new Douglas Barbour Prize for Speculative Fiction (formerly Speculative Fiction Book of the Year) will be awarded for the first time this year.

In addition to the winners in the categories listed below, the Children’s and Young Adult Book of the Year Award, Emerging Publisher of the Year Award and Excellence in Publishing Award will also be revealed at the awards gala.

The gala reception, which is open to the public, will take place in Calgary on September 16.

learning book of the year

  • Dying in good hands: palliative massage and the power of touch by Christine Sutherland (brush education)
  • Ethics for the Practice of Psychology in Canada, Third Edition by Derek Truscott and Kenneth H. Crook (University of Alberta Press)
  • Introduction to early childhood education and care: an intercultural perspective by Carole Massing and Mary Lynne Matheson (brush education)

Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Business Fiction Book of the Year

Douglas Barbour Prize for Speculative Fiction

  • Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identity and Memories edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law (Laksa Media Groups Inc.)
  • Tie the knot by EC Bell (Tyche Books)
  • Water: Selkies, mermaids and sea monster edited by Rhonda Parrish (Tyche Books)

Robert Kroetsch Prize for Poetry

Graphic Novel of the Year

Scholarly and Academic Book of the Year

  • Attractive Because It’s Abysmal: Black Masculinities, Colonialism, and Erotic Racism edited by Tamari Kitossa (University of Alberta Press)
  • Indigenous Women and Street Gangs: Stories of Survival by Amber, Bev, Chantel, Jazmyne, Faith, Jorgina and Robert Henry (University of Alberta Press)
  • Obstruction Regime: How Corporate Power Is Blocking Energy Democracy edited by William K. Carroll (Athabasca University Press)

Regional Book of the Year

book cover design

book illustration

book design

  • Coconut by Nisha Patel; designed by Natalie Olsen/Kisscut Design (NewWest Press)
  • Great adventures for sensitive souls by Cary Fagan; designed by Natalie Olsen/Kisscut Design (freehand books)
  • Walk to Canterbury: A Son’s Pilgrimage by Ken Haigh; designed by Alan Brownoff (University of Alberta Press)
  • croup + flank by Carol Harvey Steski; designed by Natalie Olsen/Kisscut Design (NewWest Press)
  • Situating Design in Alberta edited by Isabel Prochner and Tim Antoniuk; designed by Alan Brownoff (University of Alberta Press)
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