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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.
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Nominated for Book of the Year, Trade Fiction
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Twin Studies
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Nominated for Book of the Year, Trade Fiction
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Amma's Daughters
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Nominated for Book of the Year, Trade Non-Fiction
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Homes

A Refugee Story
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Nominated for Book of the Year, Trade Non-Fiction
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Magnetic North
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Nominated for Book of the Year, Trade Non-Fiction
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Ruba'iyat for the Time of Apricots
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Nominated for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry
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That Light Feeling Under Your Feet
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Afraid of Nightly Engine Fires I Slept in My Clothes for Six Weeks

until I went for supper
in the staff mess
and observed
the underwater welders'
waterlogged jowls,
the photoluminescent
curves of their biceps,
clavicles;
their slow-motion mastication
of mahi-mahi slipped half raw
under the heat lamps --
another difficult day
in fins,
compression,
dead-weight gas cylinders,
diving hats and circuit breakers,
magnesium flare
reflected in halo-like irises;
their expressions serene
from suturing in darkness,
nitrogen raptures tempered
from torn hull
seen only in glimpses.

The Dining Room Steward Sounds the Glockenspiel

to summon aged guests to dinner and the Shops Manager whispers in my ear, "Dead. They look like they came from the grave!" Arms extended in front of him, he falls into step with a shuffling old dame, stoops and moans into her face, "Zombies, you are zommmmbieees!"

Dreams of Drowning with Salmon

milky pockets
claim fire opals
nascent shallows
frenzied
semi-precious
flesh
current-shorn
from shimmying fins
bent spines --
in salmon sockets
irises of
blood-shot
sky whirl
round an
onyx bead
and close
seasoned porous
ancient
ghost trees
shiver thigh
deep in salt
a trek across
whitecaps
in snowshoes
of wishbones
and mussel-beards
webbing unravels
sink into cold
luminescence
drowning here
exceptional
the only place
possible to drown

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Why it's on the list ...
Nominated for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry
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