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Alberta Book Publishing Awards shortlist announced

Greg Younging’s Elements of Indigenous Style is shortlisted for the Alberta Book Publishing Awards (Monica Miller)

Keith Maillard, Winnie Yeung and Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, and the late Greg Younging are among the writers and book designers shortlisted for the Alberta Book Publishing Awards. Awards will be presented in nine categories by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta at a gala to be hosted in Edmonton on Sept. 13.

Sharon Budnarchuk, co-owner of Edmonton’s oldest independent bookstore Audreys Books, will be given the Lifetime Achievement in Publishing award. The recipient of the Mel Hurtig Publisher of the Year award will be announced at the gala in September.

The shortlist follows below.

Children and Young Adult
• Bygumbo, Gwen Molnar and Barbara Hartmann (Dempster + Craig Books/Robert Wuetherick)
The Little Grey Mouse: A Fable in Fabric, Trudy Cowan (Frontenac House)
•  Shopping Cart Boy, Joshua Jordan G.H. (Siretona Creative)

Trade fiction
• Lady Franklin of Russell Square, Erika Behrisch Elce (Stonehouse Publishing)
Left, Theanna Bischoff (NeWest Press)
• Twin Studies, Keith Maillard (Freehand Books)

Trade non-fiction
Amma’s Daughters: A Memoir, Meenal Shrivastava (Athabasca University Press)
• Homes: A Refugee Story, Winnie Yeung & Abu Bakr al Rabeeah (Freehand Books)
• Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard, Jenna Butler (University of Alberta Press)
Mon Journal: The Journal and Memoir of Father Leon Doucet O.M.I. 1868-1890, Leon Doucet (Historical Society of Alberta)

Robert Kroetsch Award for poetry
Ruba’iyat For the Time of Apricots, Basma Kavanagh (Frontenac House)
That Light Feeling Under Your Feet, Kayla Geitzler (NeWest Press)
Welcome to the Anthropocene, Alice Major (University of Alberta Press)
What We Are When We Are, Cvetka Lipus, translated by Tom Priestly (Athabasca University Press)

Scholarly and academic
American Labour’s Cold War Abroad: From Deep Freeze to Detente; 1945-1970, Anthony Carew (Athabasca University Press)
Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples, Gregory Younging (Brush Education)
Keetsahnak: Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters, editors Kim Anderson, Maria Campbell & Christi Belcourt (University of Alberta Press)
Metis Pioneers: Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed, Doris Jeanne MacKinnon (University of Alberta Press)

Birthing in Good Hands: Holistic Massage for Pregnancy, Labor and Babies, Christine Sutherland (Brush Education)
• Essentials of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Dr. Rahim Valani (Brush Education)

Speculative fiction
The Bathwater Conspiracy, Janet Kellough (Hades Publications)
Fire: Demons, Dragons & Djinns, editor Rhonda Parrish (Tyche Books.)
Shades Within Us: Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders, editor Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law (Laksa Media Groups)
Sharkasaurus, Spencer Estabrooks (Renegade Arts Entertainment)

Book design
Anarchists in the Academy: Machines and Free Readers in Experimental Poetry, Dani Spinosa; designed by Alan Brownoff (University of Alberta Press)
The Stories Were Not Told: Canada’s First World War Internment Camps, Sandra Semchuk; designed by Alan Brownoff (University of Alberta Press)
Tar Swan, David Martin; designed by Natalie Olsen: Kisscut Design (NeWest Press)

Book cover design
The Figgs, Ali Bryan; designed by Natalie Olsen: Kisscut Design (Freehand Books)
All of Us In Our Own Lives, Manjushree Thapa; designed by Natalie Olsen: Kisscut Design (Freehand Books)
Waiting: An Anthology of Essays, edited by Rona Altrows and Julie Sevidy; designed by Alan Brownoff (University of Alberta Press)
Wisdom in Nonsense: Invaluable Lessons from My Father, Heather O’Neill; designed by Alan Brownoff (University of Alberta Press)