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2015 Alberta Book Publishing Awards finalists announced

Some Extremely Boring Drives (Marguerite Pigeon)The Book Publishers Association of Alberta has revealed the finalists for its annual awards.

The following shortlists were chosen from more than 70 entries submitted by nine of the province’s publishers:

Alberta Book Design Awards

Book cover/jacket design

  • Film and the City: The Urban Imaginary in Canadian Cinema, George Melnyk; design by Marvin Harder (Athabaska University Press)
  • Blind Spot, Laurence Miall; design by Michael Vrana (NeWest Press)
  • Some Extremely Boring Drives, Marguerite Pigeon; design by Justine Ma (NeWest)

Book design

  • Film and the City, George Melnyk; design by Marvin Harder (AUP)
  • Clay and Dust, Musharraf Ali Farooqi; design by Natalie Olsen of KissCut Design (Freehand Books)
  • small things left behind, Ella Zelserman; design by Alan Brownoff (University of Alberta Press)

Book illustration

  •  The Calgary Project: A City Map in Verse and Visual; Dymphny Dronyk and Kris Demeanor, eds.; illustration by Define Design (Frontenac House Press)
  • Pat Martin Bates: Balancing on a Thread, Patricia Bovey; illustration by Neil Petrunia (Frontenac House)

Alberta Book of the Year Awards

Scholarly and Academic Book Award

  • Aboriginal Populations: Social, Demographic, and Epidemiological Perspectives, Frank Trovato and Anatole Romaniuk, eds. (UAP)
  • Landscapes of War and Memory: The Two World Wars in Canadian Literature and the Arts, 1977–2007, Sherrill Grace (UAP)
  • Coded Territories: Tracing Indigenous Pathways in New Media Art, Steven Loft and Kerry Swanson, eds. (University of Calgary Press)
  • A Historical and Legal Study of Sovereignty in the Canadian North: Terrestrial Sovereignty, 1870–1939, Gordon W. Smith and P. Whitney Lackenbauer, ed. (UCP)

Trade Fiction Book Award

  • Boundary Problems, Greg Bechtel (Freehand)
  • riel street, Colette Maitland (Frontenac House)
  • Some Extremely Boring Drives, Marguerite Pigeon (NeWest)

Trade Non-fiction Book Award

Speculative Fiction Book Award

  • Casserole Diplomacy and other Stories, Ann Marston, Barry Hammond, and Diane Walton, eds. (Tyche Books)
  • Heritage: Book One of the Gairden Chronicles, David L. Craddock (Tyche)
  • Seeing the Light: A Marie Jenner Mystery, E.C. Bell (Tyche)

Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award

  • Open Letter: Women Against Violence Against Women, Sheri-D Wilson (Frontenac House)
  • as if, E.D. Blodgett (UAP)
  • small things left behind, Ella Zeltserman (UAP)

The winners will be announced at a gala at Fort Edmonton Park on Sept. 18, where the Louis Hole Award for editorial excellence and the Publisher of the Year Award will also be presented.