Fort McMurray Book Shortlisted for Alberta Reads Book Club

FORT McMURRAY, Alta. / Oct 22, 2020 — A memoir of the Fort McMurray wildfire has made the shortlist for the upcoming Alberta Reads Book Club.

What You Take With You: Wildfire, Family and the Road Home by local author Therese Greenwood is one of six books to make the shortlist for the online book club’s November-December selection. On Saturday, Greenwood was honoured with Award for Excellence in Literary Arts by Arts Council Wood Buffalo at its annual “Buffy” awards for literary excellence in the local community.

“I am grateful to receive this supportive promotion from both Arts Council Wood Buffalo and the Alberta Reads Book Club,” said Greenwood. “I feel very fortunate to live in a place so committed to actively supporting writers and books.”

Published by the University of Alberta Press, Greenwood’s memoir is an eyewitness account of the wildfire and evacuation, as well as an often-humorous examination of the physical and emotional artifacts we carry with us in times of crisis.

Over the course of November and December, the Alberta Reads Book Club will focus on a non-fiction title from an Alberta-based book publisher. Readers will have the chance to participate in the online book club on Facebook and Twitter using #ABreads and #ABbooks, or through the Alberta Reads Book Club website.

More details on book club events and programming will be available following the announcement of the final title on November 4.

Greenwood won the 2019 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America and was a finalist for a 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Award from the Alberta Book Publishers Association. She is also a three-time finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award, Canada’s top mystery writing prize. Called “a master storyteller” and “a pure Canadian voice,” her short fiction has appeared across Canada and in the U.S.

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