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Welcome to Red Barn Books Inc., where we lovingly bring Alberta books to life. 
We work with authors and artists to create content that celebrates horses, cowboys 
and country living – small-batch books that leave a hoofprint on readers’ hearts.

Red Barn Books was named 'Emerging Publisher of the Year' by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta in 2020. Yeehaw! 

You'll find our small but growing list of titles at indie bookstores, artisan markets, western stores, and art galleries in Alberta. Purchase wholesale from Alpine Book Peddlers out of Canmore or ULS in Calgary. We are distributed nationally by UTP Distribution.

Can't find us where you are? Pop a note to and she'll try to get us there. Thank you for supporting CanLit and indie creators. Happy reading!



Lia, Hugh and Ayesha (left) with artist Keegan Starlight and animator Steve Gervais. Just some of the Red Barn Team.


Red Barn Books was started by former news reporter and editor Ayesha Clough (pr eye-sha cluff) in January 2019. She couldn’t find many good books for her son about horses and cowboys, so she decided to make some! She wants Alberta kids to have Alberta stories, so they grow up knowing their own history, culture, and Canadian role models. 

Ayesha has a Masters in Journalism from UBC and a Bachelor of Business Administration from SFU. Her career high is working for the BBC News in London, England. More recently, she’s been a reporter and editor for CBC Vancouver and Calgary. After giving up news, she can breathe easy in her ‘country condo’ in Carstairs, Alberta, slow cooking books that are at once beautiful, informative, and inspirational.

Ayesha lives with her husband, their six-year-old cowpoke, and Maple, the world’s sweetest dog. Their two horses get the fancy barn and run of the property.


LIA GOLEMBA, Creative Director

Lia Golemba is an artistic genius who hasn’t met a medium she can’t work in. She teaches at Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts), but makes time for niche artistic ventures as principal of Pink Spot Studios. Her talents span design, illustration, fashion and fine art. Lia thinks in pictures and likes colouring outside the lines. She burns through computers, as well as the midnight oil.

Lia has dual degrees in education and design. She lives in Airdrie, Alberta, with her husband, two boys, and a pug called Jax. Lia was recognized as the Airdrie Professional Artist of the Year in 2019.



From the time Hugh Rookwood could hold a pencil, he has loved to draw. For over 20 years, he has incorporated his love of comics and comic art into his profession, developing an extensive portfolio with industry giants such as Dark Horse, IDW and Image Comics. As principal of Chozen Studios, he also works with indie Canadian publishers like Red Barn Books, Big Country Comics and Zelpha. His superpower is bringing the page to life by giving his characters incredible depth and dynamic energy.

Hugh has exhibited his work across Canada, in the US, and South Korea. He loves mentoring young artists and supporting children’s charities. Hugh has an Art Diploma from Sheridan College. He lives in Airdrie with his wife, two boys, and Cintiq drawing tablet.



We are supported by family and friends. Some have put up their own money to help get us going. A special shoutout to the late Frank W Dabbs, who got us to dream big, and believed in us from the get-go. Shoutout also to Jeananne Kirwin from Kirwin LLP for supporting us on the legal side. And to the Elders, librarians, teachers and subject matter experts who give freely of their time and expertise. 

Amazing things happen when you do something worthwhile.