Meet the Alberta Readers' Choice nominees

The Alberta Readers' Choice Award is back for 2012, as once again five books will compete for your vote as the best Alberta book of the past year. The voting began on May 1 and continues until May 31. You can cast your vote for your favourite book here.

The 2012 nominees are Fall from Grace by Wayne Arthurson, The Antagonist by Lynn Coady, Freddy's War by Judy Schultz, In the Suicide's Library by Tim Bowling and Nobody Cries at Bingo by Dawn Dumont. The winner -- who will take home $10,000 -- will be announced on June 9.

Russell Bowers, host of Daybreak Alberta, spoke with each nominee. You can listen to the conversations below.



Fall from Grace by Wayne Arthurson

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Fall From Grace is a mystery novel featuring amateur detective Leo Desroches. The book is described as a "fast-paced, enthralling story" of a man who had everything, lost it all and tries to get it back. Leo is a flawed character dealing with issues of his own.

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The Antagonist by Lynn Coady

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Lynn Coady's novel The Antagonist was a finalist for the Giller Prize in 2011 and the accolades just keep coming. The story follows the life of Rank, a goon, it seems, in many ways. But is he a product of his own bad choices or a victim of tragic circumstances?

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Freddy's War by Judy Schultz

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Freddy's War is Judy Schultz's first book of fiction, following 10 other books on the subjects of travel and food. The novel follows a young soldier in the Second World War who becomes a prisoner of war. On returning to his home life, five years later, he struggles to catch up to a world leaving him behind.

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In the Suicide's Library by Tim Bowling

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Tim Bowling is an award-winning author of three novels and 10 poetry collections. In the Suicide's Library is the compelling story of his search for the life and legacy of Weldon Kees, an American poet, painter and film-maker who disappeared in 1955. (It's widely believed that he jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco). A chance find in a used bookstore leads Bowling on a fascinating quest through American literature of the 1940s and '50s.

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Nobody Cries at Bingo by Dawn Dumont

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Dawn Dumont is an award-winning playwright and comedian who has taken her experiences growing up on a First Nations Reserve and brought them to the page. Nobody Cries at Bingo is a series of short memoirs painting a vibrant and funny portrait of the experiences that connect so many of us, regardless of ethnic or social background.

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