Bookmarks: Former Edmonton poet laureate publishes second novel in trilogy

Plus, true tales of the Indigenous expertise with our justice system, award wins for native authors, prairie gardening, quarantine poetry and a brand new whodunit

Article content material

When Anna Marie Sewell began writing her final e book, Humane, she rapidly realized the thought would blossom into one thing extra, a bigger story she needed to inform.

The second in that trilogy has now hit retailer cabinets. Urbane, launched June 3 from Edmonton’s Stonehouse Publishing, continues the story of Hazel, her nephew Devin, and the difficulty they handle to search out within the near-future Edmonton the place town has been renamed Amiskwaciy and shapeshifters stroll amongst us.

Commercial 2

Article content material

Article content material

“I by no means knew at the start, however actually fairly early on I noticed there was extra to the story,” says Sewell of her first e book. “Then I assumed, it’s going to be a trilogy.”

It was a pure bridge to permit the primary novel’s occasions to sink in and provides the characters time to course of. Sewell didn’t need to rush the story she had deliberate. There are penalties to the primary e book’s trauma and violence, and the characters want the area to cope with that.

“Folks cope with trauma. If they don’t cope with it, it catches as much as them, which is a part of the entire theme I’m writing about. When you don’t cope with it, it can cope with you.”

Sewell was Edmonton’s fourth poet laureate, from 2011-2013. An opportunity encounter and a fast pitch at an Orange Shirt Day occasion in 2018 with Netta Johnson, the writer at Stonehouse Publishing, would result in Humane.

“Each poet has a novel they wish to write; each novelist has some poetry they wish to do. You might have ideas that can take one type and ideas that can take one other type,” says Sewell.

Urbane is one in all 4 books from Stonehouse Publishing launched at the beginning of June, which incorporates Livingsky by Anthony Bidulka, Inescapable – A Ghost Story by D.Ok. Stone and Echo Lane by Sandra Kelly.

Article content material

Commercial 3

Article content material

For extra about Sewell, go to her web site

Morin wins two Alberta Literary Awards 

Stony Plain creator Toni Morin took house two nods from the annual Alberta Literary Awards earlier this month.

Her e book, Our Voice of Hearth, received each the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction and the Memoir Award. In her e book, she paperwork her journey from a runaway foster child who fell sufferer to predatory males to her profession as an internationally-acclaimed journalist, overcoming adversity and discovering goal in her life.

Edmonton poet Matthew James Weigel was additionally acknowledged, successful the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry for his e book Whitemud Strolling. This comes on the heels of successful The Robert Kroetsch Metropolis of Edmonton Ebook Prize in Might.

The Alberta Literary Awards are organized by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, and had been handed out June 3 at a ceremony in Calgary.

Indigenous justice assortment

An Edmonton author and filmmaker is likely one of the editors of a brand new e book concerning the trials and tribulations of Indigenous individuals in Canada by the prison justice system.

Indigenous Justice: True Instances by Judges, Legal professionals and Legislation Enforcement Officers was launched by Durvile & UpRoute Books in early June. The e book options tales about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples as they work together with the justice system. The tales are a mixture of beforehand printed essays from the True Crime anthologies from the identical writer and new chapters by authorized and regulation enforcement professionals.

Commercial 4

Article content mater

Indigenous Justice: True Cases by Judges, Lawyers and Law Enforcement Officers book
Indigenous Justice: True Instances by Judges, Legal professionals and Legislation Enforcement Officers was edited by Edmonton creator, filmmaker and tv producer Raymond Yakeleya. Provided

Raymond Yakeleya, a filmmaker, tv producer and creator initially from Fort Simpson who now calls Edmonton house, is likely one of the editors of the e book. He was the creator behind The Rainbow, the Midwife & the Birds: 4 Dene Tales. The opposite editor is Lorene Shyba, the writer at Durvile & UpRoute Books

For extra concerning the e book, go to

Native creator wins huge literary prize

Edmonton creator Wendy McGrath has received the inaugural Prairie Grindstone Prize.

McGrath took house the $50,000 prize earlier this month. She was acknowledged for her dedication to writing about life on the prairies. Her newest e book, Broke Metropolis, was the ultimate installment within the Santa Rosa Trilogy, printed in 2019.

The Prairie Grindstone Prize was funded by an nameless, literature-loving donor trying to acknowledge literary expertise on the Prairies. The prize will alternate yearly between Alberta and Saskatchewan winners. Subsequent yr it will likely be awarded to a Saskatchewan author, with an Alberta creator getting the award once more in 2025.

Commercial 5

Article content material

For extra details about the prize, go to

Gardening on the prairies

A pair of books from seasoned Alberta gardeners has been added to a rising collection serving to horticulturalists develop their inexperienced thumb.

The Prairie Gardeners’ Go-To Information for Fruit and The Prairie Gardeners’ Go-To for Perennials, each out in March from TouchWood Editions, are stuffed with details about rising fruits in our local weather and the very best perennials for the Prairies.

The books are written by Janet Melrose and Sheryl Normandeau, a pair of long-time horticulturalists based mostly in Calgary. Their collection about rising on the Prairies contains books about greens, seeds, soil, and pests and ailments. The most recent books are the seventh and eighth within the collection.

Discover extra concerning the collection at

Quarantine poetry 

An Edmonton author has turned his Covid quarantine expertise into a brand new assortment of poetry.

Dr. Lucas Crawford began writing poems for what would change into his newest assortment, Muster Factors, whereas he was quarantined on the Banff Centre for the Arts in March 2020, reeling from the sudden finish of a relationship. Within the new assortment, he critiques heterosexual norms from a queer, trans perspective whereas discussing intimacy and non-monogamy. The e book was printed by the College of Calgary Press and launched Thursday.

Commercial 6

Article content material

Dr. Lucas Crawford's poetry book Muster Points
Dr. Lucas Crawford’s Muster Factors is a set of his poems written through the Covid quarantine. Provided

Crawford is the Canada Analysis Chair of Transgender Creativity and Psychological Well being on the College of Alberta’s Augustana College. Muster Factors is his fifth e book.

For extra concerning the e book, go to the writer’s web site,  

Subsequent in a detective collection

Edmonton creator Gayleen Froese is constant her collection about Calgary detective Ben Ames with a brand new launch.

The Man Who Misplaced His Pen, a couple of homicide throughout a theatre charity present, was launched Might 16 from DSP Publications. Ames should resolve the thriller whereas the suspects are trapped inside with the assassin throughout a chilly snap. The e book is a sequel to final yr’s The Woman Whose Luck Ran Out.

Her final title, The Dominion, was serialized and printed on Yonder, an app that focuses on serialized fiction.

You will discover out extra concerning the creator at

Article content material


Postmedia is dedicated to sustaining a energetic however civil discussion board for dialogue and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Feedback might take as much as an hour for moderation earlier than showing on the positioning. We ask you to maintain your feedback related and respectful. We now have enabled electronic mail notifications—you’ll now obtain an electronic mail in case you obtain a reply to your remark, there’s an replace to a remark thread you observe or if a person you observe feedback. Go to our Group Tips for extra info and particulars on find out how to modify your electronic mail settings.

Be a part of the Dialog

Commercial 1