Say what you will about 2020, it was a captivating year for books by local authors — even if, like Timothy Caulfield’s myth-busting Relax, Dammit!: A Field Guide to the Age of Anxiety — one’s release date got bumped forward a month or six.
Ranging from illustrated children’s books to world-shaping novels to regional photography and beyond, our local output didn’t slow down much with the pandemic — in fact, the Kevin Solez-edited Pandemic Poems took direct inspiration from it! Here’s a look at a few notables …
Griffin Prize-winning Billy-Ray Belcourt offered up his memoir, A History of My Brief Body, exploring his origins on the Driftpile First Nation while Premee Mohamed’s tense, Lovecraftian horror, Beneath the Rising, was named one of the Washington Post’s favourite books this year.
Back to non-fiction, fungal pharmacist Robert Dale Rogers put out another tome in June on his favourite subject — Medicinal Mushrooms: The Human Clinical Trials — citing specific studies on the beneficial effects of our mysterious forest friends. Also exploring our hidden borderlands, Joe Chowamiec’s Abandoned Alberta photo travelogue is a beautiful reminder: all things must pass.