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 Wiebeopens a new window, Myrna Kostashopens a new window and W.P. Kinsellaopens a new window.

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 Pressopens a new window 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 winnersopens a new window, Alberta author staff picksopens a new window and other compelling reads written or set in Albertaopens a new window 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 Campopens a new window

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

His novel, The Lesser Blessedopens a new window, was made into a movieopens a new window in 2012 and his short story collection, Night Movesopens a new window, 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 Youopens a new window.

The Lesser Blessed is available as a bookopens a new window, eBookopens a new window and book club kitopens a new window. Night Moves is available as a bookopens a new window, eBookopens a new window and book club kitopens a new window. Little You is available as a board bookopens a new window, eBookopens a new window and Bush Cree language eBookopens a new window.

2. Alice Majoropens a new window

The City of Edmonton’s first Poet Laureate and founder of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, Alice Majoropens a new window 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 Talesopens a new window, won the Pat Lowther Awardopens a new window in 2009; another collection, Standard Candlesopens a new window, was shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Awardopens a new window in 2016. Major recently released a new poetry collection Welcome to the Anthropoceneopens a new window, which continues her tradition of using science and math to find meaning in life.

The Office Tower Tales is available as an eBookopens a new window or epub format eBookopens a new window. Standard Candles is available as a bookopens a new window and eBookopens a new window. Welcome to the Anthropocene is available as a bookopens a new window.

3. Natasha Deenopens a new window

Capital City Press’s fifth, Natasha Deenopens a new window 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 Endopens a new window. If you’re new to the series, we recommend you start with the first in the series, Guardianopens a new window.

Guardian is available as a bookopens a new window and eBookopens a new window. Gatekeeper, the second book in the series, is available as a bookopens a new window and eBookopens a new window. Game’s End, the third in the series, is available as a bookopens a new window and eBookopens a new window.

4. Jennifer Quistopens a new window

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 Deathopens a new window and Sisteringopens a new window, 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 Turneropens a new window.

Love Letters of the Angels of Death is available as a bookopens a new window and eBookopens a new window. Sistering is available as a bookopens a new window and eBookopens a new window. The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner is available as a bookopens a new window and eBookopens a new window.

5. Wayne Arthursonopens a new window

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

The first book in his Leo Desroches mystery series, Fall from Graceopens a new window, 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 133opens a new window.

Fall from Grace is available as a bookopens a new window, audiobook CDopens a new window and DAISY accessible audiobookopens a new window. The Traitors of Camp 133 is available as a bookopens a new window and eBookopens a new window.

6. Marty Klinkenberg

Currently a reporter for the Globe and Mail, Marty Klinkenbergopens a new window 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 Hockeyopens a new window.

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 bookopens a new window and eBookopens a new window.

7. Jennifer Snowopens a new window

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

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

Maybe This Time is available as a bookopens a new window, eBookopens a new window and downloadable audiobookopens a new window.

This blog post has recommendations that are a perfect fit for our 2018 EPL Reading Challengeopens a new window. 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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