Fort McMurray Wildfire Book Shortlisted for Alberta Reads Book Club

What You Take With You, Therese Greenwood’s memoir of the Fort McMurray wildfire has made the shortlist for the upcoming Alberta Reads Book Club for November / December.

What You Take With You: Wildfire, Family and the Road Home is one of six books to make the shortlist for the online book club’s November-December selection.

This month, Greenwood was also honoured with the Award for Excellence in Literary Arts by Arts Council Wood Buffalo at its annual “Buffy” awards for artistic excellence in the 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 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.

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 United States.

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

Therese Greenwood Author Photo
What You Take With You Book Cover