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2021 Alberta Literary Awards

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The winners in the categories of children's literature, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and the 2021 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize Winner, Tyler Enfield (Rum-Drunk Angels).
The Silence Slips In

The Silence Slips In

edition:Hardcover

When the party's over and the baby finally falls asleep, when the dog is all barked out and the screens are dark, the Silence pads in on soft, furry feet. A warm, comforting presence, the Silence curls up in a sun-beam like a cuddly cat and helps you read, think and be still. The Silence is friends with the Dark. Together they soothe the jagged edges left when the Noise has rolled on and gently launch the boats of your dreams into the night. When the day becomes overwhelming or other feelings b …

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Always Brave, Sometimes Kind

Always Brave, Sometimes Kind

A Novel
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Winner of the 2021 Alberta Literary Awards’ George Bugnet Award for Fiction
Shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Award for Fiction

An exciting debut novel told in connected short stories that captures the diverse and complicated networks of people who stretch our communities—sometimes farther than we know.

 

Set in the cities, reserves, and rural reaches of Alberta, Katie Bickell’s debut novel is told in a series of stories that span the years from 1990 to 2016, through cycles of boom and bust in t …

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Relax, Dammit!

Relax, Dammit!

A User's Guide to the Age of Anxiety
edition:Hardcover

WINNER of the 2021 Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Book Award
 
FINALIST for the 2021 Alberta Literary Awards' Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction
 
"Will vaccinate you against misinformation!"--Dr. Jen Gunter, renowned gynecologist and author of The Vagina Bible

An entertaining and practical guide to getting through the day with less stress and better health, from the host of the hit TV series A User's Guide to Cheating Death.

We make a ridiculous number of decisions every day …

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Response of Weeds, The

Response of Weeds, The

A Misplacement of Black Poetry on the Prairies
edition:Paperback

Shortlisted for the 2021 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award!
Finalist for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry and The 2020 City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize at the 2021 Alberta Literary Awards!
A 2020 CBC Poetry Book of the Year!
Bertrand Bickersteth's debut poetry collection explores what it means to be black and Albertan through a variety of prisms: historical, biographical, and essentially, geographical. The Response of Weeds offers a much-needed window on often overlooked contribut …

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Grown in Alberta
In Michigan
they will point to a spot
on the palm of their right
hand
when you ask
where are you from?
For Michiganders
the hand is the simulacrum
for substitute belonging.
First came the hand
then the map
then the hand again
The map's handsome substitute.
But first-first came the cold
and then the mitten:
the map's handsome substitute.
On the Canadian prairies
the cold is your constant contender
the cold is always first-first.
Once I dreamed of an empty grain elevator
sheathed in brittle ice.
I wanted to get inside
but each time I chipped
at its door, I felt an enervating
pang in the hollow of my abdomen.
I wanted to get outside
but each time I chipped at its door, I saw a glinting
mirrored surface magnifying my actions.
Everything went cold
my breath
undusted diamonds suspended before me.
A landscape was hinted in its spaces.
I would have placed my hand up against it,
the curl of my fingers
settling along the foothills,
but at times like these you can't help thinking about
those prototype fools in stories
baring the substitute cold to their tongues,
the very wording of my verisimilitude belonging.
And, Canada, you would not believe
how often a Michigander
never asked me
where are you from?

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Like Rum-Drunk Angels

Like Rum-Drunk Angels

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

Winner, Spur Award for Best Traditional Novel and Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize
Long-listed, 2021 Leacock Award for Humour

Francis Blackstone is a fourteen-year-old gunslinger with a heart of gold.

He’s fallen for the mayor’s daughter and resolves to make his mark, and his fortune, to win her favour. And what better way than to rob a Manhattan Company bank? Enter Bob Temple, the volatile outlaw who takes Francis under his wing— though not without a degree of suspicion— and so …

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