Celebrate Alberta arts and culture by reading the work of our home-grown authors. The ABLit Book Club strives to promote books by local writers through readership and lively discussion. A new book will be announced every five weeks during the online book club meeting (via Zoom) and posted here. Registration is required.


Special thanks to Owl’s Nest Books for offering a 10% discount on all ABLit Book Club books. 


ABLit Book #1

The Empress of Idaho by Todd Babiak



A story about a boy, his mom, and the woman who moves in next door and changes their lives. 

Join us on Zoom Oct. 22 to chat about this book and its Alberta roots.



ABLit Book #2

Vermin by Lori Hahnel 

The stories in Vermin are linked by themes of loss, longing and music. Stories in this collection have appeared in Joyland, The Saturday Evening Post, Room, The Antigonish Review and other journals and anthologies.

Join us on Zoom Nov. 26th to chat about this book.





ABLit Book #3

Rough by Robin van Eck

It is 2013 and Calgary’s Bow River is beginning to rise.
Two homeless men stand by the bank and contemplate the death of another friend-an accident?
​Taking cover downtown that night, Shermeto intervenes in the attack on a bar patron, and finds himself laid up in the hospital. Outside, as the city reels from an unthinkable disaster, Shermeto finds himself away from the swelling river and face-to-face with a part of his past he is trying to hide from: his daughter Kendra.




ABLit Book #4

I Am Herod by Richard Kelly Kemick

Shortlisted, Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction

On a whim, armchair-atheist Richard Kelly Kemick joins the 100-plus cast of The Canadian Badlands Passion Play, North America’s largest production of its kind and one of the main tourist attractions in Alberta. By the time closing night is over, Kemick has a story to tell. From the controversial choice of casting to the bizarre life in rehearsal, this glorious behind-the-scenes look at one of Canada’s strangest theatrical spectacles also confronts the role of religion in contemporary life and the void left by its absence for non-believers.




2020/21 Meeting Schedule:

Oct. 22     7-8:30pm MST – The Empress of Idaho, Todd Babiak

Nov. 26     7-8:30pm MST – Vermin, Lori Hahnel

Jan.  7     7-8:30pm MST – Rough, Robin van Eck

Feb. 18     7-8:30pm MST – I Am Herod, Richard Kelly Kemick

Mar. 25     7-8:30pm MST – Announced February 18

Apr. 29     7-8:30pm MST – Announced March 25

June 3     7-8:30pm MST – Announced April 29