7 Edmonton Authors You Should Be Reading

Edmonton has a rich and thriving writing community that spans all genres and styles and has produced authors such as Rudy Wiebe, Myrna Kostash and W.P. Kinsella.

It’s a community well-worth exploring and the Edmonton Public Library can help you discover new writers living in your own backyard. Through Capital City Press you can meet local authors, find out about upcoming literary programs and access hundreds of books written by Edmontonians.

Want to discover talented writers across the province? We’ve also got Alberta Publishing Award winners, Alberta author staff picks and other compelling reads written or set in Alberta available to read for free online.

While there are plenty of wonderful local writers worth reading, we recommend you start by checking out these fantastic Edmonton authors.

1. Richard Van Camp

A member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT, Richard Van Camp was the 2017 Writer in Residence for the Metro Edmonton area.

His novel, The Lesser Blessed, was made into a movie in 2012 and his short story collection, Night Moves, was nominated for the 2016 Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction.

If you’re looking for something to read with your littlest ones, check out his award winning board book, Little You.

The Lesser Blessed is available as a book, eBook and book club kit. Night Moves is available as a book, eBook and book club kit. Little You is available as a board book, eBook and Bush Cree language eBook.

2. Alice Major

The City of Edmonton’s first Poet Laureate and founder of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, Alice Major has published 11 poetry collections, two novels for young adults and a collection of essays.

In 2016, Major was selected as one of 25 Influential Alberta Artists by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and in 2017 was named one of three recipients of the Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award.

Her poetry collection, The Office Tower Tales, won the Pat Lowther Award in 2009; another collection, Standard Candles, was shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award in 2016. Major recently released a new poetry collection Welcome to the Anthropocene, which continues her tradition of using science and math to find meaning in life.

The Office Tower Tales is available as an eBook or epub format eBook. Standard Candles is available as a book and eBook. Welcome to the Anthropocene is available as a book.

3. Natasha Deen

Capital City Press’s fifth, Natasha Deen immigrated with her family from Guyana to Canada when she was young.

She originally planned on being a superhero when she grew up, but realized her superpower was being able to write stories that affected how people felt and she’s never looked back.

Mostly writing for kids and teens, Deen has an impressive bibliography to peruse. Her Guardian series is up to book three, Game’s End. If you’re new to the series, we recommend you start with the first in the series, Guardian.

Guardian is available as a book and eBook. Gatekeeper, the second book in the series, is available as a book and eBook. Game’s End, the third in the series, is available as a book and eBook.

4. Jennifer Quist

is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry, short fiction, essays and reviews.

She’s best known for her novels Love Letters of the Angels of Death and Sistering, which she describes as a light-hearted tragedy and a dark-hearted comedy, respectively.

In April 2018, she released her highly anticipated third novel, The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner.

Love Letters of the Angels of Death is available as a book and eBook. Sistering is available as a book and eBook. The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner is available as a book and eBook.

5. Wayne Arthurson

An award-winning author of Cree heritage, Wayne Arthurson was Writer in Residence at the Edmonton Public Library in 2016.

The first book in his Leo Desroches mystery series, Fall from Grace, won the 2012 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award.

Arthurson has shifted gears with his newest mystery series set in Camp 133, a Southern Alberta camp for prisoners of war during World War II. Check out the first in the series, The Traitors of Camp 133.

Fall from Grace is available as a book, audiobook CD and DAISY accessible audiobook. The Traitors of Camp 133 is available as a book and eBook.

6. Marty Klinkenberg

Currently a reporter for the Globe and Mail, Marty Klinkenberg is a seasoned journalist and three-time winner of a Canadian National Newspaper Award.

In 2015 and 2016, Klinkenberg followed Connor McDavid during his rookie NHL season and published a book of his observations, anecdotes and interviews, The McDavid Effect: Connor McDavid and the New Hope for Hockey.

This book paints a brilliant picture of Edmonton’s hopes and dreams for their beloved hockey team and the effect McDavid has had on the city itself.

The McDavid Effect is available as a book and eBook.

7. Jennifer Snow

is an award-winning, contemporary romance writer who has been published through Harlequin, Grand Central and Berkley/NAL.

Check out Maybe This Time, part of her Colorado Ice series, which combines hockey and love in this charming romance novel written by a local author.

Maybe This Time is available as a book, eBook and downloadable audiobook.

This blog post has recommendations that are a perfect fit for our 2018 EPL Reading Challenge. The Reading Challenge is a fun way to dare yourself to read outside your comfort zone—and it’s not too late to take part! The May theme is to read a book by a local author.

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