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An exciting debut novel told in connected short stories that captures the diverse and complicated networks of people who stretch our communities—sometimes farther than we know.

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Reader Reviews

— Omar Mouallem, award-winning author, journalist, filmmaker

Always Brave, Sometimes Kind is forever beautiful. Bickell’s debut is a loving portrait of the people that you think you know, but don’t really, and who feel even more familiar thanks to her accurate map of one city’s past, politics, and pulse.”
Katie Bickell
2020-10-14T08:22:59+08:45
“Always Brave, Sometimes Kind is forever beautiful. Bickell’s debut is a loving portrait of the people that you think you know, but don’t really, and who feel even more familiar thanks to her accurate map of one city’s past, politics, and pulse.”

– Bridget, GoodReads Review

“Harrowing, heartfelt and wonderful. An amazing portrait of some tough folks in some tough towns.”
Katie Bickell
2020-11-21T12:06:34+08:45
“Harrowing, heartfelt and wonderful. An amazing portrait of some tough folks in some tough towns.”

– Liz Pomeroy, Irish-Canadian Lead Singer of 0Stella

“Like a Northern Albertan wind in February, this courageous piece of writing exposes the harsh truths of life in modern Canada. Humourous, tender and sensitive, I was completely absorbed within the first few pages. I burst out laughing a couple of times at how profoundly accurate her depictions of Albertan life are. A really beautiful study of the intricate connections between us all.”
Katie Bickell
2020-10-14T08:24:21+08:45
“Like a Northern Albertan wind in February, this courageous piece of writing exposes the harsh truths of life in modern Canada. Humourous, tender and sensitive, I was completely absorbed within the first few pages. I burst out laughing a couple of times at how profoundly accurate her depictions of Albertan life are. A really beautiful study of the intricate connections between us all.”
Katie Bickell
2020-11-07T10:20:37+08:45
“The chapters are episodic pieces to a larger picture of interconnectivity. What I enjoyed most is the portrayal of Alberta's social fabric over time, and the way it has been affected by government policies and the vicissitudes of oil prices… Righting historic wrongs is a theme that left me with a hopeful feeling after I finished reading Always Brave, Sometimes Kind.”

– Erin Giese, Indigenous Social Worker

"Always Brave, Sometimes Kind is a book that allows people to go on a journey. Some of that journey is hard and some of it is beautiful. There are so many hidden connections and revelations that surprise the reader, creating captivating layers of meaning. This is an honest, much-needed look at life in Alberta and Canada. A must-read and a must-re-read. I loved the twists and turns and the heart-tugging plot of it all."
Katie Bickell
2020-10-14T08:27:00+08:45
"Always Brave, Sometimes Kind is a book that allows people to go on a journey. Some of that journey is hard and some of it is beautiful. There are so many hidden connections and revelations that surprise the reader, creating captivating layers of meaning. This is an honest, much-needed look at life in Alberta and Canada. A must-read and a must-re-read. I loved the twists and turns and the heart-tugging plot of it all."
Katie Bickell
2020-11-07T10:23:34+08:45
“... if I had a Canadian literary prize to award, Always Brave Sometimes Kind by Katie Bickell would be on my shortlist and would probably win.”

– Sebastian B, GoodReads Review

The fact that the novel jumps back and forth between so many characters and manages to keep you engaged, as well as ensuring that you do not feel like you are missing anything, is surely the mark of a masterful writer. Bickell tells the story of a gaggle of characters, and ties it all off nicely at the end of the book. Strongly recommended.”
Katie Bickell
2020-11-21T12:06:15+08:45
“The fact that the novel jumps back and forth between so many characters and manages to keep you engaged, as well as ensuring that you do not feel like you are missing anything, is surely the mark of a masterful writer. Bickell tells the story of a gaggle of characters, and ties it all off nicely at the end of the book. Strongly recommended.”
Katie Bickell
2020-11-21T12:05:08+08:45
"Katie Bickell’s debut novel, Always Brave, Sometimes Kind, is a series of stories reminiscent of a jigsaw puzzle, with pieces that interlock and build into an extraordinary, complex picture of Alberta through two decades…. Richly textured and absorbing”

– Heidi Klaassen, Designer (Hekkal & Hyde)

"You know when you see a beautiful painting filled with colour, light and shadow, every intricacy a carefully considered piece of the whole picture? I love books with the same rich tones and purposeful choices, like Always Brave, Sometimes Kind, by Katie Bickell.
The novel is a series of character-driven interconnected stories that will leave you with the familiar feeling of serendipity that comes with the strange and sometimes turbulent connections we experience in our own lives. With snapshots of the cultural realities of Northern Alberta from the past three decades, it’s a Canadian must-read. I devoured it like a Tim Horton’s maple-glazed."
Katie Bickell
2020-10-16T01:42:01+08:45
"You know when you see a beautiful painting filled with colour, light and shadow, every intricacy a carefully considered piece of the whole picture? I love books with the same rich tones and purposeful choices, like Always Brave, Sometimes Kind, by Katie Bickell. The novel is a series of character-driven interconnected stories that will leave you with the familiar feeling of serendipity that comes with the strange and sometimes turbulent connections we experience in our own lives. With snapshots of the cultural realities of Northern Alberta from the past three decades, it’s a Canadian must-read. I devoured it like a Tim Horton’s maple-glazed."
Katie Bickell
2020-11-21T12:05:51+08:45
“A jigsaw puzzle of a novel that appeals to my social justice warrior self… Righting historic wrongs is a theme that left me with a hopeful feeling after I finished reading Always Brave, Sometimes Kind.”

– HelenJane Shawyer, University English Instructor

“This is a very satisfying read. When I finished the book, I wanted to reread it immediately. Bickell shows the interconnectedness of our actions and our lives in such a way that this reader desperately wants to chart a family and friends tree. On the second read (yes, I read it twice), I was more aware of the connections and this enabled a different reading experience than the first time. Always clever, Sometimes puzzling. I recommend reading carefully to enjoy the subtlety of some connections. Time for a third reading.”
Katie Bickell
2020-10-14T08:23:37+08:45
“This is a very satisfying read. When I finished the book, I wanted to reread it immediately. Bickell shows the interconnectedness of our actions and our lives in such a way that this reader desperately wants to chart a family and friends tree. On the second read (yes, I read it twice), I was more aware of the connections and this enabled a different reading experience than the first time. Always clever, Sometimes puzzling. I recommend reading carefully to enjoy the subtlety of some connections. Time for a third reading.”

– Joe Ponepinto, Orca Literary Journal

"Bickell’s ability to weave the original, stand-alone short stories into a novel speaks to her evolution as a writer. She has taken glimpses into an alternate reality and built them into a vivid and compelling world that few writers have, until now, understood."
Katie Bickell
2020-10-17T23:36:35+08:45
"Bickell’s ability to weave the original, stand-alone short stories into a novel speaks to her evolution as a writer. She has taken glimpses into an alternate reality and built them into a vivid and compelling world that few writers have, until now, understood."
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