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2019 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Shortlists

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Congratulations to all the nominees! The Book Publishers Association of Alberta is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Alberta Book Publishing Awards. The following list of titles represent the best of Alberta book publishing as adjudicated by experts and professionals in the field of book publishing from across Canada. The winners of the 2019 Alberta Book Publishing Awards will be announced at a gala reception, held at the Varscona Hotel on Whyte in Edmonton on September 13, 2019.
Anarchists in the Academy

Anarchists in the Academy

Machines and Free Readers in Experimental Poetry
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
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Nominated for Book Design
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The Stories Were Not Told

The Stories Were Not Told

Canada’s First World War Internment Camps
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
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Nominated for Book Design
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Tar Swan
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ROBERT C. FITZSIMMONS:
First man to unveil a commercial oil sands
separation plant. He poses, hands clasped,
on a boulder by the Athabaska river.

FRANK BADURA:
Plant mechanic
accused by Fitzsimmons
of sabotage --
he kneels by the boiler.

BRIAN K. WOLSKY:
Archaeologist excavating prehistoric stone remains
and the Fitzsimmons camp. He peeks from a pit.

SWAN:
Ignored by the others,
wading ashore.

I was born a single cygnet, ditched
by Cob and Pen, left fending
in quickening lichen like mud-coaxed
bastard oxen, as shredded elephants
choired from their soup. Do not blotch
brittle leaves with tears, for my sobs,
skip-dripping from sockets, slithered
thence to the ground and pooled deep
pockets of felicity. Doodle-buggers
and orange-worms mine a blistered delight.
My feathers and feces drive your cars:
inquire of coke-drowned patch clowns
who pray for forgiveness, quitting town.

Edmonton's money is a locked fist, Manning's door knows the heat of my breath, and his secretary is a smiling hell dog. Each morning I challenge him, and Frank nods that, yes, the men are sole-held, that this gaggle of meat cannot assume a single thought. But how long can I swear by him -- I don't need to name skull diggers again. How long can this live, without a cusp of tomorrow's sunlight? I have collected your telegrams, but you know as well as I this is no loam for a woman. The boreal's a brute, not a carpet to set your baby toe upon, Wilhelmina. -- RCF

I start'd a scow mule

forty long to McMurray
for which? whiskey pant

guy-line-notched shoulders

squeezed his spiel
and swelled
to blot my name

for Fitz says he'll pay on the reg'lar
fine line by me

Gentlemen, how many Snakes did you cook today? How much Caragana stubbles your hair? How weary of sky's Dominion? How many Cotter Bolts swindle your shoes? How many birch leaves Coil at your neck? How can you let this sharpen? Witness, Robert C. Fitzsimmons, alone, steering you today. I offer an opportunity to Tickle, with your own eyes, the Tail of Charybdis. I offer the Belly beneath Bitumount's bloody baby toe. I give you (between us, men) three angels: a senator, a nameless investor, and a Karl Clark, all failing to out-swim my sequinned Undertow.

last spring
Danny
drowned
in his tar pool --
danglin'
sugar-shack man

I swear to Judas
ducks were haw-hawing us
from their frittering perch

spent three days paring planks
for Fitz's boiler

beets drum the plates
and bleed into meats

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Why it's on the list ...
Nominated for Book Design
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Wisdom in Nonsense

Wisdom in Nonsense

Invaluable Lessons from My Father
by Heather O'Neill
introduction by Kit Dobson
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : essays, literary
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Why it's on the list ...
Nominated for Book Cover Design
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The Little Grey Mouse
Why it's on the list ...
Nominated for Book of the Year Awards Children and Young Adult
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