Alberta book publishers start book club

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Albertans can support local authors and the province’s publishing industry while connecting with others at a safe distance through the Alberta Reads Book Club, says a government of Alberta media release.

The BPAA’s media release says, “this online, province-wide book club will profile the rich culture of books that are published right here in Alberta.”

The Book Publishers Association of Alberta is hosting an online Alberta Reads Book Club, says government of Alberta media release. The first book is a graphic novel called ”Pass Me By: Gone Fishin’” by Kyle Simmers and Ryan Danny Owen, out of Calgary.

This particular book isn’t in the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library, but it is in five libraries within the Alberta library system.

The book is available for free as an eBook for Alberta public library patrons on ReadAlbertaeBooks.ca , which is a collection of books published in Alberta.

The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) has more than 30 member publishers. It was established in 1975 “to support the development of a thriving provincial publishing industry.”

Its website bookbulishers.ab.ca has more information about the publishing industry in Alberta.

Part of the push of the project is to encourage people to buy books at local independent book stores. There are none of these in Lesser Slave Lake area. The closest bookstore is The Bookstore on Perron Street in St. Albert.
Edmonton also has some independent bookstores including Wee Book Inn and Audreys Books.

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