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Bookmark: Praise includes Giller’s nod to Billy Ray Belcourt’s new book

Plus Abandoned Alberta, Alberta Book Publish Awards, Edmonton’s Monica Lewinsky, and more

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Billy-Ray Belcourt’s latest book was less than a week past its release date when the news broke. Minor Chorus was on the longlist for the Scotiabank Giller Awards.

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His book is one of 12 publications competing for the Giller Prize, one of the most prestigious literary awards in the country. However, the award-winning author admits that there were many uncertainties during writing.

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“I struggled with most of the writing of this book because I felt disconnected from the conventions of the novel,” Belcourt says. “I remember sending some kind of first draft to my agent and saying, ‘Tell me if this is okay or if I should start over.'”

What he has is something magical. A narrator trying to find his place in the world in a book of intersectionality — a struggling student, an Alberta Native, and a member of the queer community — never uses terminology.

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Although the main character remains anonymous, Belcourt admits that many of the details are shared with his own life. , the narrator is also a graduate student. Belcourt hails from his Drifttile Cree Nation, located about 300 kilometers north of Edmonton. His narrator is also from Northern Alberta.

Billy-Ray Belcourt's new book A Minor Chorus has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize.
Billy-Ray Belcourt’s new book A Minor Chorus has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize. attached

Belcourt’s book is one of two titles on Giller’s long list set in Edmonton. Conor Kerr’s book “Avenue of Champions” was also selected. A shortlist of six finalists will be announced on his September 27th, and the winner will be announced on his November 7th.

Penguin Random House Canada released a minor chorus on September 14th. For more information about the author, visit billy-raybelcourt.com.

A new collection of short stories from the author of Red Deer

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There is a new collection of short stories from award-winning Red Deer author Leslie Greentree.

Not the Apocalypse I was Looking For contains 14 stories about the dark and sometimes funny side of life as it explores death, change and redemption.

Greentree has won the CBC Literary Competition for Poetry and Fiction and has been a finalist for many other awards.

Not the Apocalypse I Was Looking For was released on September 15th by the University of Calgary Press.

For more information, visit lesliegreentree.ca.

Alberta beauty captured in Lost Corner

Joe Chowaniec’s photography of abandoned locations in Alberta has proven so popular that he has released a second book.

Abandoned Alberta II features 136 pages of new photographs showcasing abandoned homes, farms and businesses, from the wastelands to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

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Abandoned Alberta II is the sequel to Joe Chowaniec's 2020 best-selling book of the same name.
Abandoned Alberta II is the sequel to Joe Chowaniec’s 2020 best-selling book of the same name. attached

The original book was released in 2020 and became a bestseller, and his photographs were featured in a year-long exhibition at the Royal Alberta Museum.

Abandoned Alberta II was released in early September by publisher Macintyre Purcell Publishing.

For more information about the book and photographer, visit abandonedallberta.com.

hug the night of a child

Another new children’s book by a local author teaches children the importance of night.

Welcome, Dark is a new children's book by Edmonton author Charis St. Pierre.
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Welcome, Dark is the latest book by author Charis St. Pierre. She collaborates with award-winning illustrator Rachel Wada to teach kids about the wonderful things that happen at night and demystify some of the terrifying elements of darkness.

The book, released September 13th by Orca Book Publishers, and more information, is available at charisstpierre.com.

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Children’s book launch at Audrey

Best known for writing non-fiction books for children, Mortimer: Rat Race to Space is Jean Marie Galat’s first foray into fiction.

Mortimer is a diary-keeping lab rat who lands on the International Space Station to prove that rats are better suited than humans to colonize Mars.

The launch of the book on September 24th at 2pm at Audreys Books will feature a launch from the Space X scale model. Galat will also be attending Telus World of Science on September 25th from 11am-3pm to sign copies of her new book.

Mortimer: Rat Race to Space is a new children's book by Jean Marie Galat.
Mortimer: Rat Race to Space is a new children’s book by Jean Marie Galat. attached

Published by DCB, an imprint of Toronto-based Cormorant Books, the book and the author’s 15 other titles can be found at joangalat.com.

Alberta Book Publisher Awards

The University of Alberta Press, Athabasca University Press and NewWest Press were honored as Edmonton and Northern Alberta publishers at the 2022 Alberta Book Publishing Awards in Calgary on September 16th.

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Edmonton publisher New West Press won a book design award for Nisha Patel’s book of poetry, Coconuts. Athabasca University Press won her two awards. Backing Conservative Regional Book of the Year, edited by Leon Crane Bear, Larry Hannant, and Carissa Robin Patton; Obstruction Regime of the Year, edited by William K. Carroll Academic and scholarly books.

Laberinto Press, a small Edmonton publishing house focused on authors whose native language is not English, was recognized as an emerging publisher of the year for Translated World Literature.

A complete list of winners can be found on the Alberta Book Publishers Association website. A recording of the awards ceremony will be available on his BPAA YouTube channel in the coming weeks.

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Monika Lewinsky EPL Guest

The Edmonton Public Library hosts author and activist Monica Lewinsky as part of the Forward Thinking Speakers series.

Lewinsky will speak at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium on September 27th at 7pm. She was revealed to have a close relationship with President Bill Clinton in her 1998, and since then she has become famous for being an anti-bullying advocate.

Next week, EPL welcomes Monica Lwinski as the next installment in our series of Positive Thinking Speakers.
Next week, EPL welcomes Monica Lwinski as the next installment in our series of Positive Thinking Speakers. Photo by Valerie Macon /AFP/Getty Images

The evening will be hosted by award-winning journalist J’lyn Nye.

Tickets start at $10, and more information can be found on the Edmonton Public Library website.

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