Susanna Pfisterer wins $10,000 EPL Alberta Readers’ Choice Award for ‘Fifty Percent of Mountaineering is Uphill’

Winning book is debut novel by Jasper native

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EDMONTON, AB,  September 16, 2017 – An enthralling true story about a legend in the field of mountaineering and safety in the Rocky Mountains is the winner of the $10,000 2017 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award.

Fifty Percent of Mountaineering is Uphill is the first novel from Jasper native Susanna Pfisterer, and was published by NeWest Press. The engaging and educational adventure captures the stories and lectures of her father Willi Pfisterer, who was an integral part of Jasper’s alpine landscape for more than three decades.

The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) Alberta Readers’ Choice Award Award, one of North America’s richest literary prizes, is awarded annually for the best fiction or narrative non-fiction book written by an Alberta author. Now in its eighth year, the award recognizes exceptional writing in Alberta and encourages readers to support local authors.

“The tremendous writing in our province is always evident through submissions for this award,” said Pilar Martinez, EPL’s Chief Executive Officer. “It’s wonderful to see readers engage with and celebrate local talent.”

Alberta readers were asked to vote for their favourite title and author throughout July and August after a jury released a shortlist of five finalists. Brian Heidecker, Chair of the EPL Board of Trustees, presented the award at the 2017 Book Publishers Association of Alberta Awards Gala in Edmonton.

The other four finalists for the 2017 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award were:

This is the final year for the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award in its current format. More information will be released this year about how the program will change and be a part of EPL’s new Capital City Press.


About the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award
The Alberta Readers’ Choice Award is presented by the Edmonton Public Library (EPL). Currently in its eighth year, the award promotes literacy and reading to Albertans by highlighting the unique and talented writers residing in our province. The $10,000 prize, sponsored by EPL, goes to the author of the winning title as voted on by the reading public. The Alberta Readers’ Choice Award is one of the largest literary prizes offered in Alberta and is comparable to many national literary awards. For more information about the award, visit

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