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Alberta Readers’ Choice Award longlist

The second annual Alberta Readers’ Choice Award, which celebrates books published in Alberta, has released its 30-entry longlist. With five titles each, NeWest Press and Freehand Books are the most well-represented publishers on the list.

A shortlist of five titles will be released on May 1, and one finalist, selected through online voting, will receive $10,000 on June 11. The nominees are:

  • John Leigh WaltersA Very Capable Life: The Autobiography of Zarah Petri (AU Press)
  • Ron Wood‘s All Roads Lead to Manyberries (Frontenac House)
  • Clem and Olivier Martini‘s Bitter Medicine (Freehand Books)
  • Yasmin Ladha‘s Blue Sunflower Startle (Freehand Books)
  • Michael J. Martineck‘s Cinco de Mayo (Edge Publishing)
  • J.A. Cullum‘s Cinkarion: The Heart of Fire (Edge Publishing)
  • R.W. Gray‘s Crisp (NeWest Press)
  • Stephen Legault‘s The Darkening Archipelago: A Cole Blackwater Mystery (NeWest Press)
  • Paul Headrick‘s The Doctrine of Affections (Freehand Books)
  • Rosella M. Leslie‘s Drift Child (NeWest Press)
  • Myrna Dey‘s Extensions (NeWest Press)
  • Jannie EdwardsFalling Blues (Frontenac House)
  • Frances Klatzel‘s Gaiety of Spirit: The Sherpas of Everest (Rocky Mountain Books)
  • Jeff GailusThe Grizzly Manifesto (Rocky Mountain Books)
  • Louise Penny‘s The Hangman (Grass Roots Press)
  • Clea Roberts‘s Here Is Where We Disembark (Freehand Books)
  • Fil Fraser‘s How the Blacks Created Canada (Dragon Hill Publishing)
  • Art Hagen‘s I Once Was a Cowboy (Argenta Press)
  • Spencer Beach and Naomi K. LewisIn Case of Fire (Kingsley Publishing Services)
  • Helen Waldstein WilkesLetters from the Lost: A Memoir of Discovery (AU Press)
  • Alice Major‘s Memory’s Daughter (U of A Press)
  • Bren Kolson‘s Myth of the Barrens (Eschia Books)
  • Nathan Marchand‘s Pandora’s Box (Edge Publishing)
  • Myrna Kostash‘s Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium (U of A Press)
  • Garry Ryan‘s Smoked: A Detective Lane Mystery (NeWest Press)
  • Gail Anderson-Dargatz‘s The Stalker (Grass Roots Press)
  • Sarah Leavitt‘s Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me (Freehand Books)
  • Robert Kroetsch‘s Too Bad: Sketches Towards a Self-Portrait (U of A Press)
  • Laurie MacFayden‘s White Shirt (Frontenac House)
  • Peter A. Dettling‘s The Will of the Land (Rocky Mountain Books)

Michael Davie’s debut novel, Fishing for Bacon, won the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award in 2010.