Lee Maracle wins Alberta Book Publishing Award for collection of lectures


Lee Maracle was among the winners at this year's Alberta Book Publishing Awards, as her collection of lectures Memory Serves was awarded in the category for best trade nonfiction.

Maracle is the author of several works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, including the novels Ravensong and Celia's Song and the nonfiction books Bobbie Lee, Indian Rebel and I Am Woman. Maracle is now a lecturer in the University of Toronto's Indigenous Studies department.

The winner of the trade fiction was playwright and journalist Sigal Samuel's debut novel, Mystics of Mile End. Sigal tells the story of a Montreal family consumed with the idea of climbing Kabbalah's Tree of Life.

The winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry was Alice Major for her poetry collection Standard Candles. Major is a seasoned poet with 10 poetry collections under her belt, and was appointed Edmonton's first poet laureate from 2005 to 2007.

Other winners at this year's awards included:

  • The Loxleys and Confederation by Mark Zuehlke, Niigaanwewidam Sinclair and Alexander Finbow in the children and young adult category
  • Street Sex Work and Canadian Cities by Shawna Ferris in the scholarly and academic category
  • The Occasional Diamond Thief by J.A. McLachlan in the speculative fiction category

The Alberta Book Publishing Awards honour the best books published by Alberta publishers. It is administered by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.

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